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What means piebald people?

What means piebald people?

Inherited: Piebaldism is a rare inherited condition involving white spots (often mistaken for vitiligo) and a distinctive white forelock of hair. It is also one of the cutaneous signs of waardenburg syndrome. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Partial Albinism (Definition)

Partial albinism is a condition in which a person is missing some pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes due to a problem with an enzyme in the production of melanin (the colored particles that give color to ...Read more


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My daughter has piebaldism so can she get the birth marks tattooed over?

My daughter has piebaldism so can she get the birth marks tattooed over?

Yes, but...: Most people with piebaldism live with the white spots, but if they are in embarrassing places or otherwise cosmetically unacceptable, they can be tattooed the color of normal skin. Keep in mind, though, that every time your daughter gets a suntan, the normal skin will tan but the tattooed skin will not. If she is a child, i would let her make this decision - when she is older. ...Read more

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Female w/ piebaldism: blond forelock & recent forehead loss of pigment. No retardation/deafness-do my future kids have ^ risk of retardation/deafness?

Female w/ piebaldism: blond forelock & recent forehead loss of pigment. No retardation/deafness-do my future kids have ^ risk of retardation/deafness?

The gene mutation : that causes hypopigmented hair & skin also causes deafness or Intellectual Disability in a small # of cases. Each of your children has a 50% risk of having Piebaldism. Unless your affected child's mutation differs from yours, his clinical signs will most likely be the same as yours. Ask your PCP or dermatologist for molecular genetic testing & referral to a geneticist for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Piebaldism: born with a blonde (not white/gray) hair patch in the front of my head. Now lost color to a patch of forehead skin. Can it spread this way?

Piebaldism: born with a blonde (not white/gray) hair patch in the front of my head. Now lost color to a patch of forehead skin. Can it spread this way?

Mutations of either : the KIT gene on Chr. 4q12 or the SNA12 gene on Chr. 8q11,inherited in an Autosomal Dominant fashion, cause Piebaldism. I found 1 case report of ^ing hypopigmented skin patches, thought to be from instability of melanocytes, pigment-producing cells, caused by the specific mutation. Your dermatologist can check for more spots with & without a Woods lamp. See ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/piebaldism. ...Read more

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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