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Infectious-Fungus (Candida)*

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Microscopic Features:
  • Usually smaller than the surrounding RBCs
  • Many have a round to oval shape
  • Occasional budding may be noted
Normal % blood-PB, marrow-BM, lymphoid tissue-LN:
  • PB: None
  • BM: None
  • LN: None
May Resemble: Differential Diagnoses:

Fungal infection
Fungal contamination
Artifact: Platelet overlying a RBC (pseudo-fungus)

Classic Immunophenotype:
  • N/A
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  • Fungi can present in the form of a yeast, hyphae, or both yeast and hyphae Candidia is usually a yeast form with occasional pseudo-hypahe

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