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Laboratory Diagnosis of Tick-Borne Infections

Part 2



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Side-by-Side Comparison

Slide 16

July 2010

Notice that both parasites have thin ring forms and the infected red blood cells are not enlarged compared to the neighboring uninfected red blood cells. However, note that some of the rings on the left are much more pleomorphic than those on the right, and that some of the ones on the left are distinctly oval. Therefore, a skilled microscopist can say that the smear on the left is that of Babesia species while the one on the right is Plasmodium falciparum. But, this gives you an appreciation of the subtleties required for morphologic diagnosis.

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