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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Partial Albinism (Overview)

Partial albinism is either spotty depigmented or intermittent larger ares with other skin ok


Dr. Steven Griggs
7 Doctors shared insights

Partial Albinism (Overview)

Partial albinism is either spotty depigmented or intermittent larger ares with other skin ok


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How can I treat partial albinism?

How can I treat partial albinism?

Not reversible: For this inherited condition you can only protect the skin and eyes. Use sunglasses, stay out of direct sunlight, use sunblock skin cream which you have to exposure yourself to the sun, use common sense. There is no treatment to reverse the 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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What is the definition or description of: Albinism?

Albinism: Albinism = inherited disorder in which there is minimal or no production of melanin. This leads to lack of pigment / color of skin, hair/ eyes. ...Read more

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 what are the effects of albinism on my child’s vision?

 what are the effects of albinism on my child’s vision?

Albino vision: Albinism has moderate and severe forms. Refractive needs are common. The eyes as a protective measure commonly develop a dancing motion (nystagmus) which lowers the central acuity. Light sensitivity is of course the rule. There are advances in this know to your ophthalmologist who you should consult when the condition is first detected. ...Read more

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Why do individuals affected by albinism have trouble seeing?

Why do individuals affected by albinism have trouble seeing?

Vision in albinism: Albinism has moderate and severe forms. Refractive needs are common. The eyes as a protective measure commonly develop a dancing motion (nystagmus) which lowers the central acuity. Light sensitivity is of course the rule. There are advances in this know to your ophthalmologist who you should consult when the condition is first detected. ...Read more

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Why does albinism cause nystagmus?

Nystagmus: Nystagmus results when blindness occurs before four years of age. Many people with oculocutaneous albinism fall into this category. ...Read more

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What are some prenatal tests for albinism?

Depends: Testing depends on the type of albinism. Please check this website out - http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/sites/genetests/lab/disease/albinism? Db=genetests&search_param=contains. ...Read more

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

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

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 begin to lose pigment (typically in patches) as you age, then you likely have vitiligo (e.g. Michael jackson), which is a skin condition where the pigment-producing cells die for various reasons.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vitiligo/ds00586. ...Read more

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If my daughter has albinism, what happens when she goes into the sun?

If my daughter has albinism, what happens when she goes into the sun?

See below: Those with albinism are much more sensitive t the sun. This means that sun damage can be severe u to and including skin cancers. Keep her out of the sun as much as possible. Longs sleeves, sun hat, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for people to have red irises without having albinism?

Is it possible for people to have red irises without having albinism?

Red iris: In albinism, the iris is not really read, it is just extremely depigmented. Thus, you can see the redness of the interior of the eye (retina, choroid) through the iris as though it were transparent. Anything causing a transparent, depigmented iris would give the same appearance. Off hand, the lack of iris (aniridia) would also look this way. Also, after trauma or some surgeries of the eye. ...Read more

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Can you develop albinism over time, or is it something you have to be born with?

Can you develop albinism over time, or is it something you have to be born with?

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 begin to lose pigment (typically in patches) as you age, then you likely have vitiligo (e.g. Michael jackson), which is a skin condition where the pigment-producing cells die for various reasons.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vitiligo/ds00586. ...Read more

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What is the genetic cause of albinism?

What is the genetic cause of albinism?

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 begin to lose pigment (typically in patches) as you age, then you likely have vitiligo (e.g. Michael jackson), which is a skin condition where the pigment-producing cells die for various reasons.

http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vitiligo/ds00586. ...Read more

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Have you heard of oculocutaneous albinism?

Have you heard of oculocutaneous albinism?

Albinism: Loss of natural color of eye and skin. ...Read more

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What is ocular albinism?

What is ocular albinism?

Ocular: Loss of pigmentation or dark color of eye. ...Read more

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What is ocular cutaneous albinism?

What is ocular cutaneous albinism?

It is: An inherited disorder in which there is limited or no production of melanin. Melanin is the primary pigment the makes the skin colored. It is also very important in the eye. People who have this have very fair skin, blonde or red hair and blue eyes. They typically have very poor eyesight as well, and many are blind. ...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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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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What is the cause of albinism?

What is the cause of albinism?

Albinism: Many things. Google it and look at Wikipedia on genetics of albinism. ...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

Dr. James Krick
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Albinism (Definition)

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