Tear Drop Cells and Ovalocytes: Anyone had these in lab reports?

Posted by Nancy, Volunteer Mentor @1nan, Jun 18 5:33pm

Part of my routine for many years since diagnosed with myeloma has been lab test monthly on average. For the very first time the results indicated a few Tear Drop Cells and a few Ovalocytes. I will look it up enough to formulate sensible questions for my oncologist and for my August Mayo appointment. Do any of you see these cells referenced in your lab reports?

Hi Nancy @1nan, I have not seen these cells referenced in my lab reports but I was able to find some information that may be helpful. The following excerpt is from the link below.

"The presence of teardrop-shaped cells may indicate:
— Myelofibrosis
— Severe iron deficiency
— Thalassemia major Cancer in the bone marrow
— Anemia caused by bone marrow not producing normal blood cells due to toxins or tumor cells (myelophthisic process) "

Blood smear: https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/tests/blood-smear

Hopefully some other members will respond and share from personal experience. Will you let us know what you find out at your August appointment?

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Thank you John. It seems that we can find worst case scenario , but I am the eternal optimist and look for minor explanations. I appreciate your thoughts and will surely let you know what I learn locally and at Mayo. I always say that myeloma is the gift that keeps on giving. 😄 Nancy

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John, as an update, today I got a call from my local oncologist’s nurse. My doctor wants to see me concerning new findings in my lab results and that appointment is July 2. Meanwhile I am still in remission! I have to be grateful for the great care and health care providers in my life. I don’t get upset with waiting so I am fine. Thank you for stepping in with response to my inquiry. Nancy

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@1nan

John, as an update, today I got a call from my local oncologist’s nurse. My doctor wants to see me concerning new findings in my lab results and that appointment is July 2. Meanwhile I am still in remission! I have to be grateful for the great care and health care providers in my life. I don’t get upset with waiting so I am fine. Thank you for stepping in with response to my inquiry. Nancy

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That is really great news Nancy!

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John, as an update, today I got a call from my local oncologist’s nurse. My doctor wants to see me concerning new findings in my lab results and that appointment is July 2. Meanwhile I am still in remission! I have to be grateful for the great care and health care providers in my life. I don’t get upset with waiting so I am fine. Thank you for stepping in with response to my inquiry. Nancy

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Your gratefulness for "the great care and health care providers in my life" was a blessing to read, @1nan. I'm praying that all goes well at your July 2 appointment.

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