Dark red hexagonal crystals with blunt ends. The crystal is prominent within the red blood cell, or may be found extra-cellularly. Usually only one crystal is present per single cell. Hemoglobin C crystals are rarely found, as the spleen will remove them from circulation, though patients who have undergone a splenectomy have may numerous hemoglobin C crystals present on their peripheral blood smear.
Crystalized Hemoglobin C.
Associated Disease/Clinical States:1
Homozygous Hemoglobin C Disease
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