Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Hematology: basophil

Contributor(s): Kathleen P Freeman, Karen L Gerber

Overview

  • Rarely seen in circulating blood, hence presence is significant.
  • Promote inflammatory and allergic (immediate and delayed hypersensitivity) reactions by release of mediators such as histamine, heparin, serotonin and hyaluronic acid.
  • Difficult to distinguish from circulating mast cells in mast cell tumors. Distinguish by segmented nucleus (basophils) versus ovoid to round nucleus (mast cells).

Sampling

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Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Cowell R L, Tyler R D & Meinkoth J H (1999) Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. 2nd edn. Mosby, St Louis.
  • Duncan J R, Prasse K W & Mahaffy E A (1994) Veterinary Laboratory Medicine Clinical Pathology. 3rd edn. Iowa University Press, Ames, Iowa.
  • Jain N C (1993) Essentials of Veterinary Hematology. Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia.


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