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Can you develop albinism as you age do you have to be born with it

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Albinism vs vitiligo: If you are born with a genetic mutation that prevents production of melanin (and other pigments), then you are an albino and have albinism. If you beg ... Read More
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Albinism vs vitiligo: If you are born with a genetic mutation that prevents production of melanin (and other pigments), then you are an albino and have albinism. If you beg ... Read More
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Albinism vs vitiligo: If you are born with a genetic mutation that prevents production of melanin (and other pigments), then you are an albino and have albinism. If you beg ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Albinism vs vitiligo: If you are born with a genetic mutation that prevents production of melanin (and other pigments), then you are an albino and have albinism. If you beg ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Saran
32 years experience Ophthalmology
No. Many causes : Iris color is a function of the amount of pigment, blood and nerve supply. Trauma and inflammation, injury and surgery and diseases that damage or di ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Albinism: Albinos inherit a deficiency in a gene which makes pigment. Pigment is protective against sun and other environmental influences it is usually a rece ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
Congenital condition: This is a congenital condition characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, eyes and hair.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Saran
32 years experience Ophthalmology
No: Oculocutaneous albinism is a genetic defect of the enzyme in our body that produces melanin. There are no cures or treatments for this genetic condit ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience Dermatology
No: Albinism is a genetic pigmentary disorder. The genetic defect that affects enzymes that are involving in pigment (melanin) production or distributive ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Albinism: Many things. Google it and look at Wikipedia on genetics of albinism.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Saran
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Exam and testing: Albinism is a genetic disease of the enzyme that produces melanin. Genetic testing is available for the defective genes and a "hair bulb assay"-testi ... Read More
A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karl Muench
60 years experience Clinical Genetics
Yes for most types: Several varieties of albinism exist, and prenatal diagnosis is available for most of them.

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