By: Valentina Vitoria

Oculocutaneous albinism, Ocular albinism, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome

What causes this disorder?What gene or chromosome is affected by this disorder?

This disorder is caused by a defect on one of the several genes that produce or distribute melanin, the defect may also be caused by lack of melanin production.

What are the symptoms?

Absence in the color of eye, hair or skin. Lighter than normal skin and hair. Missing skin color.

How is it inherited?Can this individual have children in the future? Will those children be affected?

If you and your wife/husband both are carriers and have kid there could be a possibility that your child has albinism. Yes, but their children might not have the albinism

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Are there parental tests for this disorder?

Genetic testings is the most accurate way to help find out if you have albinism and also if it is in the family history. Also a visual look can tell when the tests are uncertain.

Are there any treatments or cures? Could this disorder have been prevented?

No but you have to have a treatment that eases the symptoms or else you could become blind or have skin cancer.No but the family’s with family history should have consulted a doctor to know if their kid as albinism.

What kind of medical assistance will the affected child need? Will further assistance be needed, as the child grows older? What is the long-term outlook for the child?

When the person with the disorder is still a child their should be regular visits to the doctor but as the child grows old (more than 3 years old) the child will not need as much assistance, the visits to the doctor can vary from once in six weeks or even once every year.

Shaun Ross

Shaun Ross is a professional model that has albiism. I think he is an excellent roll model since he has already been to the Tyra Banks show, antm (America's Next Top Model), been in a vogue shoot and also been in several different music videos for famous artist. He is known for the fist male albino model and he has come a long way since he was 16 talking about the bullying and how he got here in the Tyra Banks show.