How are Plasmodium species that cause malaria differentiated?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The Plasmodium species can usually be distinguished by morphology on a blood smear. P falciparum is distinguished from the rest of the plasmodia by its high level of parasitemia and the banana shape of its gametocytes. (See Workup.)


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