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Case One

A 50-year old woman presented to her physician reporting increasing fatigue over the past several weeks. Routine blood tests were ordered.

Her white blood cell count was elevated with a slightly abnormal absolute lymphocyte count. To evaluate the patient's lymphocytosis, a peripheral blood sample was submitted for flow cytometry.

The following cytograms and histograms represent data from the blood sample that was analyzed using flow cytometry.