Thursday, September 19, 2013

Blood smear of BLOs from our office lab

 
Blood smear images from our office lab.
 

This Giemsa blood smear shows typical Bartonella-like bacteria. These are seen as small dots which color blue at the edges or just inside the red blood cells. These are larger than a Bartonella-like organism shown below in a different images. There are many species of Bartonella-like bacteria of differing sizes. These smears are an adjunct in the diagnosis of patients with tick borne illness. We are not able to speciate, (indicate a specific species) and antibody tests and PCR DNA tests are negative. We call these bacteria Bartonella-like but they really fall within the realm of mystery bugs.


 

1 comment:

Kirsten Blum said...

Does a person need to be a current patient of yours to have blood drawn and examined by your lab? I live in in the midwest and I'm already seeing a wonderful LLMD, but would love to have my blood examined in your lab.