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Criteria for Pathologist Review of Peripheral Blood Smears

Purpose:

To determine if a peripheral blood smear should be reviewed by the pathologist or other reference person.

Specialty:

Hematology, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, Cytopathology

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

D50-D89, G93.3, M89.8, R17, R50, R53

Description:

While automated hematology analyzers provide reliable results in normal patients, they may not perform as well in ill patients. Certain findings require technologist review of the peripheral blood smear. The pathologist (or other reference person) should review the smear if unusual, unexpected or potentially significant findings are seen by the technologist.

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