Granulocito

Definición

Los granulocitos son un tipo de glóbulo blanco que incluye neutrófilos, eosinófilos y basófilos. Se denominan granulocitos debido a que están compuestos de pequeños gránulos que contienen proteínas importantes.

Los granulocitos ayudan al cuerpo a combatir infecciones bacterianas. Las personas que tienen cantidades bajas de granulocitos son más susceptibles a contraer infecciones graves y frecuentes.

Los granulocitos se cuentan como parte de una fórmula leucocítica.

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Granulocito

Referencias

Berliner N. Leukocytosis and leukopenia. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine.24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 170.

Revision

Last reviewed 1/21/2013 by David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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