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Cabot's ring bodies

Alternative eponyms

  • Cabot's ring
  • Cabot-Schleip rings

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Delicate threadlike inclusions seen in the peripheral blood of some patients with severe/megaloblastic anaemia.

Description

They are delicate threadlike inclusions in the red blood cells in the peripheral blood of some patients with severe/megaloblastic anaemia. They may appear as rings, figures-of-eight, or twisted. They are blue-staining. Their origin is unknown. Contrary to Cabot’s belief, these structures have nothing to do with the nucleus or the nucleus’ membrane.

Bibliography

  • R. Clarke Cabot:
  • A guide to the clinical examinations of the blood.
    New York, 1896; 5th edition, 1904. Ring bodies (nuclear remnants?) in anaemic blood. Journal of Medical Research, 1903, 9: 15-19.
  • Karl Schleip:
    Atlas der Blutkrankheiten.
    Vienna, 1907; 2nd edition with Albert von Alder (1888-1951), Berlin and Vienna, 1928, translated into English. Hematological atlas : with a description of the technic of blood examination.
    By Priv. doz. Dr. Karl Schleip ; English adaptation of text, by Frederic E. Sondern ; with 71 coloured illustrations. New York : Rebman, 1908.

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