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A 34-year-old male asked:

I have an albino child, can he be treated to have normal skin, hair and eyes? how can i possibly avoid giving birth to another albino?

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Dr. Natalie Geary
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Albino: Albino genetics do not change. There is nothing that you can do to alter your child's condition.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No -it's complicated: Traditional albinism is carried by unaffected parents who have 1/4 risk per pregnancy of an albino offspring, 1/2 risk of producing an asymptomatic carrier, 1/4 of having a child with all normal genes. Some rare cases are passed as an x-linked, meaning boys may be the only sex at risk. Your next pregnancy with the same spouse has the risk quoted above. There is no cure.

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Last updated Jul 19, 2013

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