Albinism

By: Bailey Goldesberry

Information About Albinism

Also Called:

-Oculocutaneous albinism

-Ocular albinism

-Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome

Caused By:

-Several genetic disorders on the X chromosome, the body cannot produce and/or distribute melanin

-Often inherited

Prenatal Testing and Occurrence:

-Relatively new options for prenatal testing and genetic counseling are available

-One in 17,000 people of any race will be affected

Symptoms of Albinism

Symptoms May Include:

-Lighter than normal or colorless hair, skin, and irises

-Patchy or missing skin color

-Cross eyes

-Sensitivity to light

-Rapid movement of the eyes

-Functional blindness and other vision problems