Mycoplasma

Mycoplasma 4 (Swine 1) ARROWS
Mycoplasma suis. Porcine.

Morphology: small blue cocci, rings, or rods on the surface of red blood cells. May be observed in the background between red blood cells (bacteria fall off of red cells in blood samples > 24 hours old).

Look alikes: stain precipitate (especially with blood samples > 24 hours old), basophilic stippling

Clinical relevance: Myclopasma are epicellular bacterial parasites that infect erythrocytes of dogs, cats, cattle, and pigs. Causes hemolytic anemia.

Mycoplasma 1 (Feline 1) ARROWS
Mycoplasma haemofelis. Feline.
Mycoplasma 2 (Feline 2) ARROWS
Mycoplasma haemofelis with organisms attached to red blood cells (arrows) and detached organisms in the background (arrowheads). Feline.
Mycoplasma 3 (Canine 1) ARROWS
Mycoplasma haemocanis. Canine.

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