In the meantime some photos from the trip are here: Posted, by Chris in Expat Life, Exploring India, GeneralSo somehow this blog seems to have fallen off my radar this year.

What is Phosphorus?

Helps to evaluate the presence of abnormal or immature cells

Purpose of Test

Smear preparation for estimation of RBC, WBC, platelets and hemoparasites.
Hemolytic anemia - since careful review of red cell morphology may identify the pathophysiological basis of erythrocyte destruction (e.g., the presence of bite cells points to a Heinz body hemolytic anemia) and the ultimate diagnosis (e.g., oxidant damage to the red cell secondary to drugs)
Thrombocytopenia - where it is critical to distinguish between increased platelet consumption (eg, TTP-HUS, DIC, and ITP) and reduced platelet production (e.g., aplastic anemia).
White cell disorders - in which the precise classification of the disease may rely upon evaluation of abnormal circulating cells (e.g., the presence of Auer rods in a blast form in patients with acute myeloid leukemia).