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The term "band cell" implies a granulocytic lineage (e.g. neutrophils).
Band neutrophils are an intermediary step prior to the complete maturation of segmented neutrophils. An increase in band neutrophils typically means that the bone marrow has been signaled to release more WBCs and increase production of WBCs, also known as a "left shift". Most often this is due to infection or inflammation in the body.
An excess may sometimes be referred to as bandemia.
Band neutrophil in peripheral blood film
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