- By Laurel J. Kelly
Parasite Wonders: The souvenir from South America
This week's case involves an elderly female patient with recent travel to a malaria-endemic area in South America. To evaluate the patient for malaria, venous blood was collected in tubes containing EDTA and thick and thin blood films were made immediately at the local hospital laboratory. These slides were stained and sent to Mayo Clinic's Clinical Parasitology Laboratory for examination, along with a tube of blood, and there additional slides were made a few days later. What was found?
Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog, Parasite Wonders, and submit your answers, comments and questions. Learn more about Dr. Pritt's work, and enjoy science!
Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as, and does not substitute for, medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.