What are teardrop cells?

By William Aird

Teardrop cells are red cells appearing in the shape of a teardrop or a pear with a single, short or long, often blunted or rounded end are called teardrop cells. True tear drops have blunted tips and point in different directions. Teardrop cells are commonly seen in chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis.

Teardrop cell (arrow) from a 68-year-old woman with cirrhosis (100x, oil).