Bandemia

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Background

  • Bandemia (also referred to as a "left shift") refers to an excess of immature neutrophil precursor cells (band cells)
  • The origin of the phrase "left shift," is commonly thought to stem from the left-most button arrangement of early cell sorting machines

Clinical Features

  • Generally defined as > 6% band cells on a CBC w/ diff

Differential Diagnosis

  • Bandemia typically indicates a serious underlying inflammatory or infectious process

Evaluation

Workup

Diagnosis

Management

Disposition

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