How are Plasmodium species histologically distinguished?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Histologically, the various Plasmodium species causing malaria may be distinguished by the following:

  • Presence of early forms in peripheral blood

  • Multiply infected red blood cells

  • Age of infected RBCs

  • Schüffner dots

  • Other morphologic features

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