I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week

2020 Mar 03

Clin Infect Dis



Use of routine complete blood count results to rule out anaplasmosis without the need for specific diagnostic testing.


Turbett SE, Anahtar MN, Pattanayak V, Azar MM, Coffey KC, Eng G, Rudolf JW, Lewandrowski KB, Baron J, Rosenberg ES, Branda JA
Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 03; 70(6):1215-1221.
PMID: 31044232.


Anaplasmosis presents with fever, headache, and laboratory abnormalities including leukopenia and thrombocytopenia. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the preferred diagnostic but is overutilized. We determined if routine laboratory tests could exclude anaplasmosis, improving PCR utilization.