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P. malaria gametocyte thin smear

P. malaria schizont thin smear

Plasmodium malariae gametocyte and schizont

The gametocytes of Plasmodium malariae are compact and tend to fill the host RBC. There is no enlargement of the infected RBC and sometimes there is a reduction in size. The cytoplasm stains blue and the chromatin pink to red. There is abundant dark pigment that may be scattered throughout the cytoplasm.
Schizonts of P. malariae have 6-12 (usually 8-10) merozoites, often arranged in a rosette or irregular cluster.
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