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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Conventional Methods for Diagnosis of Babesia

Slide 17

July 2010

There are several distinguishing features that can help in differentiating Babesia and Plasmodium when examining thin blood smears. These include the fact that Babesia trophozoites are variable in size, ranging from 1 to 5 microns. Second, multiply infected erythrocytes are more common in Babesiosis. And finally, when tetrads of merozoites, also known as the maltese cross form, are seen, this is pathognomonic for Babesia. However, this is infrequently observed.

Conventional Methods for Diagnosis of Babesia


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