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Case Study
A patient is diagnosed with disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) based on clinical findings and laboratory results that include decreased platelets and fibrinogen, elevated D-dimer, prolonged prothrombin time (PT), and activated partial thromboplastin time(aPTT). The cells indicated by the arrows in the image on the right also provide a clue to this diagnosis. What is the identity of these cells?

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