BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2017-222321
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Live ‘Baby dance’ among the red blood cells

  1. Man Updesh Singh Sachdeva1
  1. 1Department of Hematology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab, India
  2. 2Department of Histopathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Man Updesh Singh Sachdeva, drmanupdeshpgi{at}
  • Accepted 29 September 2017
  • Published 11 October 2017


A 35-year-old woman presented to outpatients with a 1-week history of high-grade fever and generalised malaise. General and systemic examination was unremarkable. On evaluation, her complete haemogram was within normal limits; however peripheral smear revealed the presence of thread-like larval forms of filaria, belonging to the species Wuchereria bancrofti. A wet mount preparation of the centrifuged whole blood sample was done, which demonstrated ‘dancing’ microfilaria, recorded in real time (see online supplementary video 1).

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