Peripheral Blood Smear: Diagnostic Clues and Algorithms

Peripheral Blood Smear: Diagnostic Clues and Algorithms

Dr. Neppalli discusses peripheral blood smear review and clues obtained from "Red Cell" and "White Blood Cell" morphology and counts

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  • Overview

    In this segment, Dr. Vishala Neppalli discusses the importance of a peripheral blood smear review in addition to the clues obtained from both “Red Cell” morphology and “White Blood Cell” morphology and counts.

    This activity is part of a series of in-depth discussions with oncology thought leaders from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York targeting primary care and family physicians.

    This series was made possible through the generous support of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.


  • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

    In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative (TOPEC) requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TOPEC resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. 

    Faculty:      Vishala Neppalli, MD
                       Chief, Division of Diagnostic Hematology
                       Department of Pathology
                       Roswell Park Cancer Institute
                       Buffalo, NY

    Dr. Neppalli serves as a speaker for Seattle Genetics. 


    • Sean T. Barrett has nothing to disclose.
    • Laurel DiBrog has nothing to disclose.
    • Carole Drexel, PhD, CHCP has nothing to disclose.
    • Barry A. Fiedel, PhD has nothing to disclose.
    • Janet J. Harszlak, PhD has nothing to disclose.
    • Amanda Hilferty has nothing to disclose.
  • Learning Objectives

    After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

    • Discuss the importance of a peripheral blood smear review
    • Describe the clues obtained from “Red Cell” morphology
    • Describe the clues obtained from “White Blood Cell” morphology
      and counts
  • Target Audience

    This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Primary Care Physicians and Oncologists.

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    The Omnia-Prova Education Collaborative, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Commercial Support

    This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

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    The views and opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of TOPEC. This presentation is not intended to define an exclusive course of patient management; the participant should use his/her clinical judgment, knowledge, experience and diagnostic skills in applying or adopting for professional use any of the information provided herein. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. Links to other sites may be provided as additional sources of information. Once you elect to link to a site outside of TOPEC, you are subject to the terms and conditions of use, including copyright and licensing restriction, of that site.

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