What are the signs and symptoms of transfusion-transmitted babesiosis?

Updated: Jan 15, 2017
  • Author: Mudassar Zia, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The clinical spectrum of B microti infection ranges from asymptomatic infection to severe disease with massive parasitemias that cause hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, shock, and death. The risk of severe infection is particularly high in patients who have HIV infection, have had a splenectomy, or are immunosuppressed. Because B microti is intraerythrocytic, leukoreduction does not reduce the transmission risk.


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