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Acanthocytosis

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Bassen-Kornzweig Syndrome
  • Low-Density Beta Lipoprotein Deficiency

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

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).

Resources

Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases (CLIMB)
Climb Building
176 Nantwich Road
Crewe, Intl CW2 6BG
United Kingdom
Tel: 0845 241 2174
Tel: 800 652 3181
Email: info.svcs@climb.org.uk
Internet: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk

Foundation Fighting Blindness
7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100
Columbia, MD 21046
Tel: (410)423-0583
Fax: (410)872-0574
Tel: (800)683-5555
TDD: (800)683-5551
Email: info@FightBlindness.org
Internet: http://www.fightblindness.org

National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association, Inc.
2001 Beacon Street
#204
Brookline, MA 02146-4227
USA
Tel: (617)277-4463
Fax: (617)277-0134
Tel: (800)906-8723
Email: info@ntsad.org
Internet: http://www.NTSAD.org

Retinitis Pigmentosa International
23241 Ventura Blvd. #117
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Tel: (818)992-0500
Fax: (818)992-3265
Tel: (800)344-4877
Email: info@rpinternational.org
Internet: http://www.rpinternational.org

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
9000 Rockville Pike
31 Center Drive, MSC 2560
Bethesda, MD 20992
Tel: (301)496-3583
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/EmailForm.aspx
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD

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Last Updated:  4/11/2008
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