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Can albinism be cured?

Can albinism be cured?

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. ...Read more

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Can ocular albinism be cured?

Not now: This is a genetic defect in the production of melanin, the normal brownish pigment of the body and eye. There is no current cure although stem cell work offers some promise in the future. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my son is albino 4 years old due to albinism eye sight weak and constant left right eyes movement is any cure?

Should i be concerned if my son is albino 4 years old due to albinism eye sight weak and constant left right eyes movement is any cure?

Kids with nystagmus: adapt to it. Ask his pediatrician to determine his type of albinism hy Chromosomal Microarray, then see a geneticist, pediatric ophthalmologist, audiologist, developmental/behavioral pediatrician & other specialists depending on his genetic mutations. Call Child Find of your local school district for developmental assessment & enrollment in Early Childhood Specisl Education. Resources below. ...Read more

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What is albinism?

What is albinism?

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. ...Read more

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What is albinism?

What is albinism?

Congenital condition: This is a congenital condition characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, eyes and hair. ...Read more

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What causes albinism?

What causes albinism?

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. ...Read more

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How can albinism be diagnosed?

How can albinism be diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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Could albinism be prenatally detected?

Yes for most types: Several varieties of albinism exist, and prenatal diagnosis is available for most of them. ...Read more

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 are there different types of albinism?

 are there different types of albinism?

Yes: There are two principle types, the first which affects only the eyes, and the other which affects the eyes, hair and skin. ...Read more

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Is it possible to grow out of albinism?

Is it possible to grow out of albinism?

No: Albinism is a genetic disease of the enzyme that produces melanin. There are not treatments or cures for this condition to date, . ...Read more