Infectious / inflammatory disorders

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Minor changes: 18 March 2019

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PubMed Search: Parvovirus[TI] spleen

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Definition / general
  • Causes "fifth" disease in children, a mild illness with a "slapped cheek" facial rash
  • Pregnant women may pass virus to fetus, where it causes marked fetal anemia and hydrops
  • Attacks erythroblasts, affecting those with minimal reserve (sickle cell patients, fetuses)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Erythroid precursors with large pink inclusions

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