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The added value of peripheral blood cell morphology in the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases—part 2: illustrative cases
  1. I Potasman1,
  2. M Prokocimer2
  1. 1
    Infectious Diseases Unit & Travel Medicine, Bnai Zion Medical, Center, Haifa, and the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel
  2. 2
    Institute of Hematology, Rabin Medical Center, Beilinson Hospital, Petah Tikva, and Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  1. Professor I Potasman, Infectious Diseases Unit & Travel Medicine, Bnai Zion Medical Centre, 47 Golomb Street, Haifa 31048, Israel; israel.potasman{at}


The previous review dealt with the diagnostic yield of peripheral blood smear examination with regard to diagnosis of infectious diseases. In addition to the clinical data, it can provide information of major clinical significance. At times, it can even replace additional, costly and time-consuming diagnostic modalities. The following clinical vignettes, which are discussed briefly, support these arguments.

  • peripheral blood smear
  • blood cell morphology
  • infectious diseases
  • diagnosis
  • consultant

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