Absence of erythrocyte sequestration in a case of babesiosis in a splenectomized human patient

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Background: The importance of vascular occlusion in the pathogenesis of human haemoprotozoal disease is unresolved. Methods: Giemsa-stained tissue sections from a human case of Babesia microti infection in a splenectomized patient with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and colon cancer were examined to ascertain the distribution of parasitized erythrocytes within the vascular lumen. Results: No evidence of sequestration was observed. Conclusion: This first report on the vascular location of B. microti in human tissue suggests that severe multi-organ failure due to babesiosis is independent of sequestration of parasitized erythrocytes. A similar pathogenesis may also cause multi-organ failure in other intraerythrocytic protozoal infections, including falciparum malaria. © 2006 Clark et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Clark, I. A., Budd, A. C., Hsue, G., Haymore, B. R., Joyce, A. J., Thorner, R., & Krause, P. J. (2006). Absence of erythrocyte sequestration in a case of babesiosis in a splenectomized human patient. Malaria Journal, 5. https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-5-69

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