Howell-Jolly bodies are the nuclear remnants that can be found in red blood cells before their final maturation. These nuclear remnants are normally eliminated by the spleen. Howell-Jolly bodies are found in patients with no spleen (surgical splenectomy) or a spleen that does not function well (hyposplenism). They are also found in some red blood cell maturation disorders.
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