Band cell

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Band cell
Code TH H2.
Anatomical terminology
Neutrophilic band cell
Basophilic band cell
Eosinophilic band cell

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

It is characterized by having a nucleus which is curved, but not lobar.[1]

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


A count of band neutrophils is used to measure inflammation.

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 is called bandemia.

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  1. ^ "band cell" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. ^ "Eosinophilic band". 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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