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Misidentification of Candida parapsilosis as Large Platelets in an Automated Blood Analyzer

Case report

Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2009 September, Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 138-140.

https://doi.org/10.5145/ACM.2009.12.3.138

Misidentification of Candida parapsilosis as Large Platelets in an Automated Blood Analyzer

Do Hoon Kim, Jung Sook Ha, Nam Hee Ryoo, Dong Suk Jeon, Jae Ryong Kim, Young Rok Do, Ki Young Kwon

Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Internal Medicine, Keimyung University School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea

Abstract

We experienced a case in which yeasts in blood sample from a patient with cervical cancer with hepatic metastasis and multiple intraperitoneal cysts interfered with platelet morphology flag in automated blood analyzer. The peripheral blood smear was performed to confirm the flag and revealed intracellular and extracellular yeasts, which were subsequently identified as Candida parapsilosis by blood culture. (Korean J Clin Microbiol 2009;12:138-140)

Keywords

Candida parapsilosis, Peripheral blood smear, Automated blood analyzer, Large platelet