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Case #229 - June, 2008

Wright-Giemsa stained blood smears and EDTA blood were sent for confirmatory diagnosis to the CDC from a Public Health Laboratory. The specimens were from a 46-year-old woman, but no travel history was available. Image A was captured from a stained thick smear; images B, C, and D were captured from a stained thin smear. All images were taken at 1000x magnification. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria? What other testing, if any, would you recommend?

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Images presented in the monthly case studies are from specimens submitted for diagnosis or archiving. On rare occasions, clinical histories given may be partly fictitious.

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