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Acanthocytosis Overview

Another name for Acanthocytosis is Abetalipoproteinemia.

What is abetalipoproteinemia?
A person with abetalipoproteinemia is unable to make cholesterol, which results in the inability to digest fats. Abetalipoproteinemia is an inherited disorder that is most common in males.

What are the symptoms of abetalipoproteinemia?
The most common symptoms of abetalipoproteinemia are abnormal stools, diarrhea, and unintentional weight loss.

How does the doctor treat abetalipoproteinemia?
Abetalipoproteinemia is controlled with vitamins, nutritional supplements, and a special diet.

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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