Target cells. Red cells with thin membrane, peripheral rim of hemo- globin (Hb), and dark, central, Hb-containing area. They are frequently seen in Hb C disease, in hypochromic anemia, and in liver disease
Anemia is a condition marked by inadequate oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. An insufficient number of red blood cells or an abnormally low amount of oxygen-transporting hemoglobin within the red blood cells can cause anemia. Anemias are commonly grouped according to the appearance of the red blood cells. Microcytic hypochromic anemias are...
Hereditary pyropoikilocytosis - RBC membrane disorder - This peripheral blood smear is from a 22-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with right upper quadrant pain. The CBC was remarkable for a microcytic, hypochromic anemia (hemoglobin = 9.6 g/dL; MCV = 68.2 fL and MCH = 22.1 pg), normal WBC count, and a platelet count of 153K. Examination of the peripheral blood film showed marked anisocytosis with numerous rod-shaped elliptocytes and bizarre red cell forms.
Effects of Iron Deficiency:When a person experiences iron deficiency, his red blood cell mass is reduced to a great extent and hence the concentration of hemoglobin is also reduced. Due to these factors, the oxygen carrying capacity of his blood also gets affected. The patients who suffer from iron deficiency have small red blood cells and have low hemoglobin content in their blood. This deficiency is hence termed as Microcytic Hypochromic Anemia. http://irondextran.net/