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5 mL blood in EDTA.
2 mL blood in special paediatric EDTA tube.
Film spread, fixed, stained and examined by microscopy.
Evaluation of changes in numbers or morphology of red cells, white cells and platelets.
Blood film examination clarifies abnormalities detected by automated haematology instruments and guides further investigation.
Microscopic examination reveals abnormal cells;
Bain BJ. Blood Cells - A Practical Guide. 2nd ed. Blackwell Science 1995.