What is the role of a CBC with differential in the workup of babesiosis?

Updated: Apr 01, 2021
  • Author: Rachel E Strength, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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A complete blood count (CBC) with differential should be performed. Mild-to-severe hemolytic anemia, lymphopenia, and thrombocytopenia are the typical findings in babesiosis. [3] Atypical lymphocytes may be present, as they are in malaria. The number of atypical lymphocytes is not known to be related to the degree of parasitemia or the severity of illness. [37]


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