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Blood films in the investigation of chorea
  1. Josef Alawneh,
  2. Mark R Baker,
  3. Gavin R Young
  1. Department of Neurology, The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gavin R Young, Department of Neurology, The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW, UK; gavin.young{at}

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In the review article on chorea-acanthocytosis by E Sokolov et al,1 the authors discuss investigations looking for acanthocytes. They recommend the use of isotonically diluted blood samples combined with unfixed wet blood film preparation. This recommendation was based on a small study, which showed that isotonically diluted blood films were more sensitive than standard wet blood films at …

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed. This paper was reviewed by David Galvani, Wirral, UK.

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