The importance of scanning blood parasite smears under low power
” The images I want to share are amazing. Actually these are the first real ones I’ve ever seen in my career! People typically look at this kind of slides at high power and could have missed this if they did not look under low power at the feather edges and edges of smears.” Joan Dolasinski at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego, CA. wrote when she sent these amazing images to our blog.
Here are the patient details:
The patient is a 33-year-old African man who recently immigrated from Cameroon to the United
States. He presented to Grossmont Hospital ER with a chief complaint of a sudden headache in the occipital area, which had started 3 days ago as a sharp pain when he turned his neck. The pain went to the base of his skull and was associated with right hip pain and difficulty moving his right hip. He did not display photophobia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, or chills. He had lost about 6 pounds in the last month and occasionally experienced night sweats.
This case and amazing images were sent to the CellaVision newsblast by Joan Dolasinski at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego, CA.