Histoplasma capsulatum in peripheral blood smears

Glen A. Kennedy, Jennifer L. Curnow, Julie Gooch, Bronwyn Williams, Peter Wood, Catherine Pitman, Emma McBryde, Marion Woods

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A 39-year-old man with acquired immunode®ciency syndrome (AIDS; CD4 count 10 ´ 1012¤ l) presented with weight loss,fevers and pancytopenia, with Hb 7á1g¤ dl, platelet count 72 ´ 109¤ l and white cell count 1á8 ´ 109 l. A peripheral blood ®lm revealed occasional circulating neutrophils containing intracytoplasmic oval, yeast-like organisms approximately 3 lminlength (top). Large numbers of yeast cells were present in association with mononuclear cells on buffy coat preparation(bottom), and within histiocytes and fat lobules on subsequent bone marrow trephine biopsy. Microbiological cultures of thebone marrow sample grew Histoplasma capsulatum variant capsulatum. With the institution of amphotericin B, fevers resolved and the peripheral blood count slowly recovered over the subsequent 6 weeks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-503
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Kennedy, G. A., Curnow, J. L., Gooch, J., Williams, B., Wood, P., Pitman, C., McBryde, E., & Woods, M. (2002). Histoplasma capsulatum in peripheral blood smears. British Journal of Haematology, 116(3), 503-503. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.0007-1048.2001.03276.x