The diagnostic importance of erythrocyte dysmorphism in the study of hematuria.

M I Daniel, J Bordalo


The clinical pathologist often faces the request for the research of dysmorphism in urinary erythrocytes for evaluation of hematuria. Red cells with a different shape in the urinary sediment is usual but it is difficult to know when its presence has really diagnostic meaning. The last concepts about dysmorphic erythrocytes in urine, mainly the acanthocyte, and its importance in the differential diagnosis of hematuria are presented in this review.

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