How to use Histiocytosis in a sentence
Histiocytosis X is a generic term that refers to an increase in the number of histiocytes, a type of white blood cell that acts as a scavenger to remove foreign material from the blood and tissues.
Histiocytosis X or LCH is a family of related conditions, which are characterized by a distinct inflammatory and proliferative process but which differ from each other regarding what parts of the body are involved.
The least severe of the histiocytosis X/LCH family is eosinophilic granuloma.
Next in severity is Hand-Schuller-Christian disease, a chronic, scattered form of histiocytosis.
Histiocytosis X is a rare disorder affecting only approximately one in 200,000 children or adults each year.Advertisement
Because histiocytosis X is so rare, little research has been done to determine the cause.
The symptoms of histiocytosis are caused by substances called cytokines and prostaglandins, which are normally produced by histiocytes and act as messengers between cells.