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Acanthocytosis: Introduction

Acanthocytosis: A rare disorder where most of the red blood cells are abnormal with spiny projections due to lipid abnormalities. The blood abnormality is seen in conditions such as abetalipoproteinemia, severe liver disease and severe malnutrition. Symptoms and prognosis depend on the underlying disorder. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Acanthocytosis is available below.

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Definitions of Acanthocytosis:

Erythrocytes with protoplasmic projections giving the cell a thorny appearance. - (Source - Diseases Database)

The presence of acanthocytes in the blood stream (as in abetalipoproteinemia) - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Acanthocytosis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Acanthocytosis, or a subtype of Acanthocytosis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Acanthocytosis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

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  1. Acanthocytosis: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing

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