What are the CBC findings in leishmaniasis?

Updated: Feb 18, 2020
  • Author: Craig G Stark, MD, FACP, FFTM, RCPS(Glasg), FISTM; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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In patients with visceral leishmaniasis, the presence of (1) normocytic normochromic anemia, (2) leukopenia with decreased neutrophils and a relative monocytosis and lymphocytosis, and (3) thrombocytopenia may occur due to parasitic bone-marrow infiltration. The severity of pancytopenia may vary with only 1 or 2 cell lines decreased.


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