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what is albinism?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Albinism: Albinos inherit a deficiency in a gene which makes pigment. Pigment is protective against sun and other environmental influences it is usually a recessive and therefore the abnormal gene is in both parents with a 25% of albino offspring (higher if the parent is albino themselves). Multiple body systems can be affected including vision. Sun sensitivity is extreme.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
See below: It is a congenital disorder that results in little or no pigmentation in the skin.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Congenital condition: This is a congenital condition characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, eyes and hair.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can albinism be cured?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
Dermatology 23 years experience
No: Albinism is a genetic pigmentary disorder. The genetic defect that affects enzymes that are involving in pigment (melanin) production or distributive pathways. With this condition, it is absolutely imperative to use sunscreen/block, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing to prevent uv induced damages.
Dr. Robert Stachler
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
I agree. Nice answer. People with This condition are more likely to develop skin cancers and need to see the doctor regularly for any changes theyU not be able to see on their own. Good luck. Feel better!
Dec 28, 2014
A 45-year-old member asked:

What causes albinism?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
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 condition.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can albinism be diagnosed?

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Dr. Bruce Saran
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
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"-testing the hair follicles for the defective enzyme is also available.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Tell me about albinism ocular?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Pale eyes: Albinism is an inherited condition in which pigment formation is disturbed. In ocular albinism the eyes mostly are affected producing pale eye color, light sensitivity and lowered vision. Complete albinism causes the skin to be pasty white, the iris to be pink and the hair to be pure white. The vision is always diminished in this form.
A 53-year-old member asked:

What is the cause of albinism?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Albinism: Many things. Google it and look at Wikipedia on genetics of albinism.

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