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Table 3 The peripheral blood morphology between presence and absence of OV

From: Percentage of small platelets on peripheral blood smear and Child-Turcott-Pugh class can predict the presence of oesophageal varices in newly diagnosed patients with cirrhosis: development of a prediction model for resource limited settings

MorphologyMean % (SD) of cells in patients without OV N = 17 (31.5%)Mean % (SD) of cells in those with OV N = 37 (68.5%)P value
RBCNormochromic normocytic71.0 (34.3)51.7 (30.7)0.058
Hypochromic microcytic5.0 (14.6)2.9 (5.7)0.583
Pencil cells0.4 (1.4)0.3 (0.9)0.823
Target cells4.5 (17.6)5.0 (9.5)0.913
Tear drop cells2.5 (2.9)1.0 (1.8)0.058
Macrocytes15.2 (26.0)36.0 (33.8)0.018
Acanthocytes0.9 (1.1)2.0 (2.6)0.044
Partially haemoglobinized cells0.01 (0.05)0.15 (0.39)0.047
Contracted cells0.1 (0.2)0.2 (0.5)0.483
NRBCs0.01 (0.05)0.02 (0.06)0.766
Polychromatic cells0.5 (1.4)0.5 (1.1)0.957
Stomatocytes0.06 (0.2)0.12 (0.4)0.495
Spherocytes0.0 (0.0)0.2 (0.8)0.187
Fragments0.08 (0.25)0.07 (0.33)0.882
NeutrophilNormal morphology54.8 (12.0)54.1 (17.8)0.863
Neutrophils with Toxic granules0.06 (0.24)0.49 (1.82)0.169
Neutrophils with cytoplasmic vacuoles0.3 (0.5)0.4 (0.5)0.551
Band forms0.7 (1.7)1.4 (2.7)0.255
Myelocytes0.06 (0.24)0.19 (0.51)0.195
Blasts0.0 (0.0)0.0 (0.0) 
Hypersegmented Neutrophils3.2 (3.8)5.1 (8.2)0.239
Reactive lymphocytes0.3 (0.6)0.6 (2.2)0.364
Platelet sizeNormal57.8 (31.8)82.6 (21.1)0.008
Large2.1 (4.1)4.3 (7.3)0.165
Giant0.02 (0.07)0.12 (0.31)0.085
Small40.1 (33.8)12.9 (21.0)0.006
  1. Bold - Statistically significant variables