Hematology M+Ms: Morphology and Mystery (Case Studies)


Hematology instrumentation has advanced to now routinely include at least a five-part differential and, in some laboratories, automated cell image analysis. Yet, a manual examination of the blood smear is still an essential procedure that provides valuable diagnostic information. This session will use case studies to define important morphologic variations and physiologic processes in selected disease conditions.

Originally presented on July 15, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Karen A. Brown, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Karen A. Brown, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Clinical Coordinator, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Department of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Ms. Brown has focused her efforts at the University of Utah and ARUP in the areas of education, administration, and service. In addition to teaching in the Medical Laboratory Science Program and serving as Program Director, she frequently presents local, regional, and national workshops in the areas of Hematology and Phlebotomy. She has also had the privilege of teaching Hematology and Phlebotomy to clinical laboratorians and other healthcare professionals in Africa and South America. Ms. Brown has extensive experience in leadership positions for professional organizations and continues to be actively engaged as a member of numerous boards and committees.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Morphologically differentiate abnormal variations in RBCs, WBCs, and platelets.
  • Explain underlying physiological processes for abnormal RBC, WBC, and platelet morphology.
  • Describe the morphologic basis for distinguishing benign from malignant WBC disorders.
  • Correlate abnormal cellular morphologic variations with selected case studies.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories