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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

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Laboratory Workup

Slide 4

July 2010

As a component of the patient’s evaluation, a blood sample is obtained and sent to the laboratory for direct examination, and it reveals the following. The technologist at the bench identifies a number of cells with a characteristic staining pattern similar to the one shown in the image on this slide. As you might have already guessed, a finding such as this on direct microscopic exam, along with the appropriate exposure history and clinical presentation would be highly suspicious for a diagnosis of human ehrlichiosis or anaplasmosis.

Laboratory Workup


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