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Acanthocytosis


Synonyms of Acanthocytosis
  • Bassen-Kornzweig Syndrome
  • Low-Density Beta Lipoprotein Deficiency

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Acanthocytosis is a digestive disorder that is characterized by the absence of very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) and chylomicrons in the plasma. Chylomicrons are very small fatty droplets that are covered with a beta-lipoprotein and perform an essential function in fat transport in the blood and, thus, in fat metabolism. The absense of VLDL and of chylomicrons interferes with the absorption of fat and leads to excessive fats excretion (steatorrhea). Other symptoms include abnormal red blood cells (acanthocytes), a vision disorder (retinitis pigmentosa), and impaired muscle coordination (ataxia).
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    Organizations related to Acanthocytosis
    • CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
      Climb Building
      Crewe Intl CW2 6BG
      Phone #: +44- 87-0 7700 325
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@climb.org.uk
      Home page: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk
    • Chromosome
      11435 Cronhill Drive
      Owings Mills MD 21117-2220
      Phone #: 410-568-0150
      800 #: 800-683-5555
      e-mail: info@blindness.org
      Home page: http://www.fightblindness.org
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
      Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
      Bethesda MD 20892-3570
      Phone #: 301-654-3810
      800 #: --
      e-mail: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niddk.nih.gov
    • National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
      2001 Beacon Street
      Brighton MA 02135
      Phone #: 617-277-4463
      800 #: 800-906-8723
      e-mail: info@ntsad.org
      Home page: http://www.NTSAD.org
    • Retinitis Pigmentosa International
      P.O. Box 900
      Woodland Hills CA 91365
      Phone #: 818-992-0500
      800 #: 800-344-4877
      e-mail: info@international.org
      Home page: http://www.rpinternational.org



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