Bartonella

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Bartonella

[‚bärt·ən′el·ə]
(microbiology)
A genus of the family Bartonellaceae; parasites in or on red blood cells and within fixed tissue cells; found in humans and in the arthropod genus Phlebotomus.
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Bartonella bacilliformis leads to a condition known as Carrion's disease, or Oroya fever.
Detection of Bartonella bacilliformis in cultures, blood, and formalin preserved skin biopsies by use of the polymerase chain reaction.
Bartonella bacilliformis stimulates endothelial cells in vitro and is angiogenic in vivo.
In the light of modern knowledge, we now know that these 2 syndromes, 1 benign, the other pernicious, are both caused by the hemotrophic bacterium, Bartonella bacilliformis.