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Polychromatophilia

Definition

Polychromatophilia refers to how blood cells look under a microscope when the cells are stained with special dyes. It means there is more staining than normal with certain dyes. The extra staining is due to too many immature red blood cells (RBCs) called reticulocytes. These cells have a blue-colored center.

Increased reticulocytes are the result of the bone marrow making more red blood cells than normal. This can be caused by certain conditions, such as hemolytic anemia.

Alternative Names

Polychromasia

References

Vajpayee N, Graham SS, Bem S. Basic examination of blood and bone marrow. In: McPherson RA, Pincus MR, eds. Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods. 23rd ed. St Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2017:chap 30.