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 are there other medical problems associated with albinism?

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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
Answer assisted by Marianne Di Napoli, Medical Student
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Dr. Mike Bowman
Take extra precautions to avoid sun exposure!
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: The type of albinism

based on genetic mutations found on Chromosomal Microarray & evaluation by a geneticist determines associated medical issues.
Some have hearing as well as visual impairments; one has bruising/bleeding, GI & pulmonary problems. All require Early Intervention till age 3, then Early Childhood Special Education for low vision. Local providers are listed on tsbvi.edu/lowvisionservices. NOAH site below

In brief: The type of albinism

based on genetic mutations found on Chromosomal Microarray & evaluation by a geneticist determines associated medical issues.
Some have hearing as well as visual impairments; one has bruising/bleeding, GI & pulmonary problems. All require Early Intervention till age 3, then Early Childhood Special Education for low vision. Local providers are listed on tsbvi.edu/lowvisionservices. NOAH site below
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
www.albinism.org/site/c.flKYIdOUIhJ4H/b.9194783/k.4163/National_Organization_for_Albinism_and_Hypopigmentation.htm. Regular visits to a pediatric dermatologist & pediatric ophthalmologist are needed.
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