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Description:Magnified 1125X, this poorly-processed thick film photomicrograph of a blood smear, revealed an artifactual finding, which in this case was a precipitated stain patch.
Depending upon what is to be analyzed, artifacts due to the presence of contaminants, or idiosyncrasies in the processing of the specimen, can cause false positive findings upon laboratory examination. Therefore, it’s crucial that a trained microbiologist, accustomed to seeing these aberrancies, needs to make the final diagnosis, as to whether or not the results under specimen analysis are positive or negative.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Mae Melvin
Creation Date:1965
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Links:CDC - Malaria
CDC – Div. of Parasitic Diseases, DPDx; Malaria
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