Figure 2: Direct smear of a tracheal wash from a horse with Aspergillus infection


The smear consisted of many neutrophils, which were moderately to markedly degenerate with swollen nuclei and cytoplasm. The cells also had fragmented shrunken dark nuclei (apoptosis, presumptive). Non-staining fungal hyphae (arrowheads) are difficult to discern among the inflammatory cells (modified Wright’s stain)

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