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Blast Cell

Blast Cell

It is often difficult to distinguish blast cells of myelocytic, monocytic, or megakaryocytic lineages from lymphoblasts. Additional techniques, such as immunophenotyping by flow cytometry, are necessary to determine cell origin.

Cell description:

Size: Variable in sizes usually between 10 and 20 µm

Nucleus: round or slightly indented with condensed and cloddy chromatin, nucleoli sometimes visible

Cytoplasm: scant to moderate, blue, agranular, occasionally few vacuoles might be visible