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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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