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Are there other medical problems associated with albinism?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
Vision, skin cancer: Albinism is caused by a defect in melanin synthesis, causing decreased pigment in skin and hair. The main medical problems associated with albinism are vision problems and increased risk of skin cancer.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Take extra precautions to avoid sun exposure!
Jan 21, 2012
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 31 years experience
Yes: The principle ones occur due to the lack of pigmentation of the eyes and the skin. Eyes are very sensitive to the sun and can have problems up to and including blindness. The skin problems are an extreme sensitivity to the sun which can lead to cancer.

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