Clinical Utility of Blood Cell Histogram Interpretation OE01-OE04
Dr. E.T. Arun Thomas,
Senior Resident, Department of Nephrology, Trivandrum Medical College, Trivandrum-695011, Kerala, India.
An automated haematology analyser provides blood cell histograms by plotting the sizes of different blood cells on X-axis and their relative number on Y-axis. Histogram interpretation needs careful analysis of Red Blood Cell (RBC), White Blood Cell (WBC) and platelet distribution curves. Histogram analysis is often a neglected part of the automated haemogram which if interpreted well, has significant potential to provide diagnostically relevant information even before higher level investigations are ordered.