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the presence in the blood of acanthocytes.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A rare condition in which the most of erythrocytes are acanthocytes; a regular feature of abetalipoproteinemia; also sometimes present in severe hepatocellular disease.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
acanthocytosis(1) Abetalipoproteinemia, see there.
(2) A general term for the presence of acanthocytes in the peripheral blood.
Hereditary abetalipoproteinemia (hereditary acanthocytosis) accompanied by decreased total serum lipids, phospholipids, cholesterol, vitamin E, vitamin A; severe (end-stage) liver disease; hepatorenal failure; anorexia nervosa; chronic starvation. Small number of acanthocytes may be seen in severe haemolytic anaemia, especially post-splenectomy; haemolytic anaemia due to pyruvate kinase deficiency and intravascular mechanical defects (e.g., cardiac valve protheses, synthetic intravascular grafts and fibrin in DIC) in neonatal hepatitis after heparin administration; and rarely also in otherwise normal blood smears (one or 2 per smear), where they correspond to older, effete red cells approaching the end of their 120-day life-cycle.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
1. Abetalipoproteinemia, see there.
2. A general term for the presence of acanthocytes in the peripheral blood. See Acanthocytes.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
A rare condition in which most erythrocytes are acanthocytes; a regular finding in abetalipoproteinemia.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
acanthocytosisA disorder of red blood cells (erythrocytes) in which the cell surfaces show multiple spine-like projections. This occurs in ABETALIPOPROTEINAEMIA, severe liver disease, vitamin E deficiency (see VITAMINS) and other conditions.
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