Test Findings
 

Acanthocytes

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Overview

  • Acanthocytes, also known as spur cells, are red blood cells with irregular membrane projections.
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  • Acanthocytosis may be congenital or acquired, and is classically associated with spur cell haemolytic anaemia in the context of alcoholic cirrhosis.
    • Causes of Acanthocytes

    • Hereditary acanthocytosis
    • Spur cell haemolytic anaemia (liver disease) - particularly with alcoholic cirrhosis
    • Hypobetalipoproteinaemia - hereditary, malnutrition
    • Post splenectomy
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