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Basophilic Stippling*






Microscopic Features:
  • Very small (dot-like) Blue or blue-gray granules distributed throughout the cytoplasm of RBCs
  • Composed of ribosomes
Normal % blood-PB, marrow-BM, lymphoid tissue-LN:
  • PB: None
  • BM: None
  • LN: None
May Resemble:
  • Pappenheimer bodies
  • Heinz bodies (seen with special stain only)
  • Howell-Jolly body
  • Hemoglobin H inclusion (seen with special stain only)
  • Malaria infection
  • Babesia infection
  • Giant platelets
  • Artifacts (e.g. Stain precipitate)
Differential Diagnoses:

Lead poisoning
Thalassemia
Sickle cell anemia
MDS

Classic Immunophenotype:
  • N/A
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Misc:
  • Note: Basophilic stippling is ribosomal inclusions in RBCs, while Pappenheimer bodies are iron deposits, Heinz bodies are precipitated hemoglobin seen with special stain (He for Heinz and He for Hemoglobin), and Howell Jolly bodies are DNA remnants