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Cigar cells in elliptocytosis
Blood smear showing elliptocytes
Classification and external resources
ICD-10 D58.1
ICD-9 282.1
DiseasesDB 4172
eMedicine ped/987 med/648
MeSH D004612

Cigar cells (also referred to as pencil cells) are red blood cells that are cigar or pencil shaped on Peripheral blood smear. Cigar cells are commonly associated with hereditary elliptocytosis, however they may also be seen in Iron deficiency anemia and other pathological states that decrease red blood cell turnover and or production.[1] In the case of iron deficiency anemia, microcytosis and hypochromia would also be expected.

Blood films, Giemsa stained


  1. ^ Clinical Hematology and Oncology. Bruce Furie, Peter A. Cassileth, Michael B. Atkins, Robert J. Mayer. Churchill Livingstone Publishing, ISBN 0-443-06556-X, pg. 276-78

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