Question: Name the type of cell that is indicated on the blood film below with the arrow, and one condition that this type of cell can be seen in.
Answer: These are bite cells which can be seen in glucose-6-phosphate (G6PD) deficiency. Other features on blood film may include signs of hemolysis, and/or Heinz bodies which are areas of the RBCs that are darkly-stained. G6PD deficiency is an X-linked recessive disorder. Decreased activity of this enzyme reduces protection of the RBCs from oxidative stress. Infection can be a trigger for hemolysis from oxidative stress, and drugs include sulfa drugs, anti-malarial drugs, NSAIDs, among others can trigger hemolysis as well.
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