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Langerhans cell histiocytosis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Eosinophilic granuloma (formerly)
  • Hand-Schüller-Christian syndrome (formerly)
  • Histiocytosis X
  • LCH
  • Letterer-Siwe disease (formerly)
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Cause

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What causes Langerhans cell histiocytosis?

The cause of Langerhans cell histiocytosis is unknown.[1][2] It may be triggered by an unusual reaction of the immune system to something commonly found in the environment. It is not considered to be an infection or cancer. It is not known to be hereditary or communicable.[1]
Last updated: 12/2/2013

References
  1. LCH in Children. Histiocytosis Association of America. 2007; http://www.histio.org/site/c.kiKTL4PQLvF/b.1764433/k.8BCD/LCH_in_Children.htm. Accessed 2/18/2010.
  2. Shea CR, Boos MD. Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis. eMedicine. 2009; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1100579-overview. Accessed 2/18/2010.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Eosinophilic granuloma (formerly)
  • Hand-Schüller-Christian syndrome (formerly)
  • Histiocytosis X
  • LCH
  • Letterer-Siwe disease (formerly)
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.