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Gram negative septicaemia diagnosed on peripheral blood smear appearances.
  1. A Fife,
  2. D Hill,
  3. C Barton,
  4. P Burden
  1. Department of Microbiology, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.


    Buffy coat smears from febrile patients may contain visible bacteria and therefore detect bacteraemia before conventional blood cultures become positive. However, it is unusual to see micro-organisms in an otherwise untreated peripheral blood smear. The case of a febrile neutropenic patient is reported. A Wright's stained peripheral blood smear contained bacterial elements, thus making earlier diagnosis of septicaemia and identification of the causative bacterium possible.

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