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Symptoms of Albinism
The symptoms of albinism depend on the specific type of albinism one has. Some types affect the skin, hair, and eyes. Other types affect only the eyes or only the skin.
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Symptoms may include:
- Eye problems, such as:
- Skin problems, including:
- Little or no pigmentation (resulting in extremely light or white skin)
- Patches of low pigmentation (resulting in patches of extremely light or white skin)
- Extreme sensitivity to Sunburn
- Very high susceptibility to skin cancer
- Hair problems, including:
- White hair
- Portions of the hair (often the forelock) being white
- Certain rare types of albinism, such as Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, can cause other symptoms, including:
- Bleeding disorders
- Lung disease
- Bowel disease
- Hearing Loss
- Nervous system disorders
- The common forms, Type 1 and 2 albinism are not associated with these more serious symptoms.
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