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Jpn J Med. 1983 Aug;22(3):231-6.

A case report of abetalipoproteinemia (Bassen-Kornzweig syndrome)--the first case in Japan.


The clinical and pathophysiological features of a case of abetalipoproteinemia in a 34-year-old patient are described. This patient is the first case reported in Japan. The patient was diagnosed as abetalipoproteinemia by confirming the Apo-B deficiency in the patient's serum and the slightly high cholesterol level in his mother's and borderline normal level in his father's. The patient had remarkably low lipid levels, acanthocytosis, and lipid malabsorption. An unusual feature of this case was that the patient had no neuromuscular or ocular manifestations. This was possibly related to his normal plasma vitamin A and E levels.

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