Gumprecht shadows: When to use this terminology?

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Abstract

The expression Gumprecht shadows historically refers to lymphocyte lysates commonly observed in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). A literature review revealed that this term is restricted to CLL cases, and should not be applied to lymphocytosis-related conditions. Inappropriate use of this term can cause great anxiety in individuals receiving their blood count results, as well as in their families. In a web search engine commonly used to clear doubts on medical terms, there are countless pages where Gumprecht shadows are associated with CLL.

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Dusse, L. M. S. ana, Silva, T. P., Freitas, L. G., Vieira, L. M., De Paula Sabino, A., & Carvalho, M. D. G. (2013). Gumprecht shadows: When to use this terminology? Jornal Brasileiro de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial, 49(5), 320–323. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1676-24442013000500004

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