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Case #443 - May, 2017

A 7-year-old female who had recently moved from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the US was treated for mild, non-immune hemolytic anemia and appeared to be in stable condition. Blood smears were made and stained with Wright-Giemsa at the time of her evaluation. Figures AK show what was observed. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria? What additional tests, if any, should be performed for this case?

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This was a case of mixed infection of malaria caused by P. falciparum, P. malariae and P. ovale (confirmed by PCR). Diagnostic features shown were:

  • Reduced, slightly enlarged as well as normal sized infected red blood cells.
  • P falciparum gametocyte (Figure A), ring (Figure F).
  • P. malariae trophozoites, “basket forms” (Figures B, D).
  • P. malariae trophozoites, “band form” (Figure I).

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