Friday, 16 October 2020
Quite a rare one here... I had to look it up! Pearson’s Syndrome.. it’s a Congenital Sideroblastic anaemia and Pancreatic dysfunction. I was trying to work out why this patient had macrocytic red cells and thrombocytopenia. Reading around this, it seems that these features are consistent with this form of sideroblastic anaemia. I usually associate sideroblastic anaemia with microcytes and dimorphic red cells and hadn’t appreciated that mainly macrocytes could be a feature and how many different types of sideroblastic anaemia there actually were. Reading about this, it seems that a good starting point in searching for the cause of sideroblastic anaemia is to look at the MCV. So MCV is important! Bottomley, S. Leung L. Tirnauer, JS. (2020) Causes and the Pathophysiology of the Sideroblastic Anaemias
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Dr Samuel Boadi who led Monday’s UK NEQAS Blood Parasitology course, made a very good suggestion for speeding up the calculation of Malaria percentage parasitaemias, in a busy laboratory. The laboratory should establish it’s own average number of red cells per field when using a x100 objective. This average number can be used every time, rather than the microscopist calculating it separately on every occasion. I’m going to ask number of different colleagues to count how many red cells they see on a film using a x100 objective, and take an average. I’ll fill out a quality improvement notice and see if this could be used and added to our SOP, as it will significantly improve turn around times!
Monday, 12 October 2020
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
https://www.werfen.com/uk/en/covid-19-and-implications-haemostasis-and-viscoelastic-testing Read this article today produced by Werfen, which highlighted the effects of COVID-19 on haemostasis. Haemostasis testing has become important in the management of these patients, particularly the severe cases. It discusses how D-Dimer, Prothrombin Time, platelet count and Fibrinogen are of particular use in hospital admissions. COVID-19 causes the following changes in Haemostais tests.
Monday, 28 September 2020
So here we go, my first Post! I recently looked urgently at this blood film on a neonate with unexplained anaemia. The striking feature o...
I took a photo of this Microfilaria on last months Parasitology NEQAS. It was indeed Loa Loa. I find this species the easier one to dia...
Quite a rare one here... I had to look it up! Pearson’s Syndrome.. it’s a Congenital Sideroblastic anaemia and Pancreatic dysfunction. I wa...