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Clin Lab Med. 2002 Mar;22(1):215-52.

Peripheral blood manifestations of lymphoma and solid tumors.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Los Angeles, California, USA.


Although the peripheral blood film has limited use in this age of technologic testing, most new tests are ancillary and cannot be interpreted accurately without examining the peripheral blood film. The peripheral smear plays a critical role in the diagnosis and management of many lymphoproliferative disorders, although playing more of a general function in nonlymphoid malignancies to evaluate cytopenias.

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