Burr Cells or Echinocytes

Burr Cells or Echinocytes
Author: Teresa Scordino
Category: Morphologic variants of normal cells > Morphologic variants of Red Blood Cells/precursors > Normal Red blood cell morphology with resting lymphocyte for comparison > Poikilocytosis > Echinocytes (Burr)
Published Date: 01/13/2016

Echinocytes (burr cells) have multiple short, blunt projections evenly spaced over the cell surface.  The central pallor is retained.  Echinocytes can be seen in uremic patients.  They can also be seen as an artifact of slide preparation or prolonged specimen storage