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    Iron Deficiency Anemia

    In iron deficiency anemia, the peripheral smear usually shows anisocytosis and poikilocytosis. In severe cases, cigar-shaped RBCs and elliptocytes are characteristically present. Conversely, polychromasia (the Wright-Giemsa stain equivalent of reticulocytosis) and basophilic stippling are conspicuously absent.

    By permission of the publisher. From Tefferi A, Li C. In Atlas of Clinical Hematology. Edited by JO Armitage. Philadelphia, Current Medicine, 2004.