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Anyone know how abnormal it is for a blood film to show 'toxic vacuolation of neutrophils'?

Commented on May 02, 2012
Created February 29, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Hey, I've been having a lot of blood tests lately because of this problem I have where my face gets ridiculously red on and off all day for no apparent reason. So far everything has been normal/negative except my lymphocyte count is a little depressed, and I just found yesterday that a blood film (aka peripheral blood smear) showed neutrophils that exhibit 'toxic vacuolation'.

I Googled this and gathered it's either a bloodborne infection or a false positive caused by the sample sitting in EDTA too long.

Anyone here know how abnormal this is and how likely it is to be a false positive? I'm guessing I'd have problems other than a red face if I was septic.

I do have a doctor's appt on Monday to discuss this.

Thanks!

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on May 02, 2012
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Glad to hear the repeat test was neg. Perhaps the original test was contaminated somehow.

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Thanks for the reply. He actually never saw the note the hematologist or lab tech put in mentioning the problem. : P I brought it up in my next appointment and he didn't really have any comment, except that it was unusual. We repeated the blood film with no abnormality in my neutrophils found.

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9140810eb28b318fb081c1f98c0989c8

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I expect if you had a blood borne infection, you would be seeing other symptoms. I wouldn't worry too much, and would wait for my discussion with my doctor. Trust me, if your doctor was worried, you'd be there today.

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on March 24, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Thanks for the reply. He actually never saw the note the hematologist or lab tech put in mentioning the problem. : P I brought it up in my next appointment and he didn't really have any comment, except that it was unusual. We repeated the blood film with no abnormality in my neutrophils found.

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on May 02, 2012
at 05:16 PM

Glad to hear the repeat test was neg. Perhaps the original test was contaminated somehow.

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