Thin film features
RBC normal size
Many cells infected
RBC with >1 parasite (multiple infections), more common in falciparum
Headphone dots: double chromatin dots
Maurer's clefts/dots (as parasite becoming more mature): diagnostic of Pf.
Schizonts get stuck/sequested in the capillaries
Less commonly seen in the circulation in Pf.
18-20 merozoites (nucleus)
In the RBC, stretches out (crescent/banana shaped)