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Langerhans cell histiocytosis
Other Names for this Disease
- Eosinophilic granuloma (formerly)
- Hand-Schüller-Christian syndrome (formerly)
- Histiocytosis X
- Letterer-Siwe disease (formerly)
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histiocytes, a form of white blood cell found in healthy people that is supposed to protect the body from infection. In people with LCH, these cells multiply excessively and build up in certain areas of the body, causing tumors called granulomas to form. The symptoms vary among affected individuals, and the cause of LCH is unknown. In most cases, this condition is not life-threatening. Some people do experience life-long problems associated with LCH.Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a disorder that primarily affects children, but is also found in adults of all ages. People with LCH produce too many Langerhans cells or
Last updated: 10/18/2013
- LCH in Children. Histiocytosis Association of America. https://www.histio.org/page.aspx?pid=379. Accessed 5/7/2012.
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Selected Full-Text Journal Articles
- Girschikofsky M, Arico M, Castillo D, Chu A, Doberauer C, Fichter J, Haroche J, Kaltsas GA, Makras P, Marzano AV, de Menthon M, Micke O, Passoni E, Seegenschmiedt HM, Tazi A, McClain KL. Management of adult patients with Langerhans cell histiocytosis: recommendations from an expert panel on behalf of Euro-Histio-Net. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2013 May 14;8:72.
- Satter EK, High WA. Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis: A Review of the Current Recommendations of the Histiocyte Society. Pediatric Dermatology (2008) Vol. 25 No. 3 291-295.