Band cell

A band cell (also called band neutrophil, band form or stab cell) is a cell undergoing granulopoiesis, derived from a metamyelocyte, and leading to a mature granulocyte.

Band cell
Gives rise toGranulocyte
Anatomical terms of microanatomy
Neutrophilic band cell
Basophilic band cell
Eosinophilic band cell

It is characterized by having a curved but not lobular nucleus.[1]

The term "band cell" implies a granulocytic lineage (e.g., neutrophils).[2]

Clinical significance

Band neutrophils are an intermediary step prior to the complete maturation of segmented neutrophils. An increase in band neutrophils typically means that the bone marrow has been signaled to release more WBCs and increase production of WBCs, also known as a "left shift". Most often this is due to infection or inflammation in the body.

Blood reference ranges for neutrophilic band cells in adults are 3 to 5% of white blood cells,[3] or up to 0.7 x109/L.[4]

An excess may sometimes be referred to as bandemia.

See also

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  1. "band cell" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. "Eosinophilic band". Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  3. Last page of Deepak A. Rao; Le, Tao; Bhushan, Vikas (2007). First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2008 (First Aid for the Usmle Step 1). McGraw-Hill Medical. ISBN 0-07-149868-0.
  4. Clinical Laboratory Medicine. By Kenneth D. McClatchey. Page 807.

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