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How can we Diagnose Albinism?

Albinism can be diagnosed merely by observation of major or total absence of pigmentation of the skin, hair and eyes.

Other tests to diagnose albinism include -

Genetic Testing -

Genetic testing is the most accurate way to diagnose albinism and its specific type. This is helpful in families with albinism and is useful for specific, isolated populations who carry the trait in them.

Eye Examination -

An ophthalmologist should perform a complete examination of the eye of an affected individual. An electroretinogram test should be done to determine vision problems in albinism.

Chemical Testing of Hair -

Chemical testing of hair also provides an easy confirmation of the diagnosis of albinism.

Hairbulb pigmentation test- It can be used to identify carriers. It is done by incubating a piece of the person's hair in a solution of tyrosine, an amino acid the body uses to make melanin. If the hair turns dark, it means the hair is making melanin. Light hair means there is no melanin synthesis.

Tyrosinase test- It is more precise than the hairbulb pigmentation test. It measures the rate at which hair converts tyrosine into another chemical (DOPA), which is then made into pigment.

Blood Test -

Recently, a blood test has been developed that can identify carriers of the gene for some types of albinism.

Prenatal Diagnosis Of Albinism-

Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling can also diagnose some types of albinism in pregnancy.

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hi i m an allied health professional and doing my research on the visual outcome with different optical aids of albinos to enhance their activities of daily life so plz any of u if have informaation about albinism plz send it on my id
shah1 Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Hi, I am an albinic girl. I am 29 years old. I am orried about if I marry a guy than shall I have a normal baby or an albenic. What are the risk factors. Please help
pink_y Sunday, December 04, 2011
Yeah, in Biology, I learned things such as Punnet Squares. If 2 capital A’s are in the genotype [AA], then they are not albino. If 2 lowercase a’s are in their genotype (aa), then they will be. If it is one of each (Aa), then they will not be albino, but they can pass it on to their kids. You have aa. Someone without albinism in their family at all is AA. If you marry that dude, your child will be Aa (they will not show albinism, but they can pass it on to their kids. If they marry someone with AA, the child will have a 50% chance of AA and a 50% chance of Aa ). If you marry someone with albinism in their family (Aa [actually, they could be AA also, but it is unlikely {it all depends on the parents}]) then your child will have a 50% chance aa (full albino) and a 50% chance Aa (pass it on to their children). Hope that helps. For more info, Google Punnet Squares.
Jboyismyfriend Tuesday, February 28, 2012
male cant pass any symptoms because, they are XY and only the X holds the phenotype. female are XX so they can pass the phenotype. also male that has it cant hide it, because there is only 1 X. the X holds the genes so female may get XA Xa and that hide the phenotype because there is another X with lower case a.
reset Monday, April 23, 2012
YOUR KIDS WILL NOT BE BORN ALBINO, I HAVE 3 KIDS AND 1 ON THE WAY AND I AM ALBINO...MY KIDS FATHERS ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND MY KIDS ARE LIGHT SKINNED.
Lexis83 Monday, December 10, 2012
ok so im a freshmen and i wanted to know if albinism occures more in humans or animals
slinkey3 Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Can anyone tell me will my children have albinism if i marry a girl whose father have albinism?
Alone Sunday, October 30, 2011
you can go to genetic counceling to see if your children have a chance of having albinism. its all in genetics.
awesome Sunday, November 13, 2011
Yeah, just see 2 comments up [pink_y]. Or, just read what I commented here: Yeah, in Biology, I learned things such as Punnet Squares. If 2 capital A’s are in the genotype (AA), then they are not albino. If 2 lowercase a’s are in their genotype (aa), then they will be. If it is one of each (Aa), then they will not be albino, but they can pass it on to their kids. You have aa. Someone without albinism in their family at all is AA. If you marry that dude, your child will be Aa (they will not show albinism, but they can pass it on to their kids. If they marry someone with AA, the child will have a 50% chance of AA and a 50% chance of Aa ). If you marry someone with albinism in their family (Aa [actually, they could be AA also, but it is unlikely {it all depends on the parents}]) then your child will have a 50% chance aa (full albino) and a 50% chance Aa (pass it on to their children). Hope that helps. For more info, Google Punnet Squares.
Jboyismyfriend Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I have a new friend at school that has this. He is the sweetest boy ever and I swear he acts no different than any other teenage boy on this earth [: But I'm always afraid to talk to him about this stuff like asking him questions I basically pretend like I don't notice that he's a black kid that's white. So this was helpful
kersisparkle Monday, September 05, 2011
I am planning to marry a woman whose father has albinism. Will i my children have albinism if I marry that woman though she does not have albinism.
Alone Sunday, October 30, 2011
No. You have a 1 in 4 chance, though, that you child will have Aa, in which they can pass it on to their children. Otherwise, they will be AA, where they have not albinism at all. I think I just commented on you before.
Jboyismyfriend Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I and my cousine carry albinism gene and neither of us have albinism,is it possible to change one of our gene or is there a way that we can born a healthy baby?
nikta Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Not exactly sure I understand. You seem to carry Aa, so if you have a baby dude person with someone who is not related to albinos, your children will not have it. However, your baby dude people will have a 1 in 4 chance each that they will have the same traits that you do.
Jboyismyfriend Tuesday, February 28, 2012
ya i know what u say but we love each other and we want to marry.i heard that there is a way to replace defective gene with healthy gene.is it true?
nikta Saturday, March 03, 2012
Albinos creep me out!
YoJim Tuesday, February 08, 2011
why do you have to say something as awful as that we are as human as you are the different is only that we are light skin
mrelucious Thursday, February 09, 2012
you guys are alllllll idiots LOL Im a senior with albinism!! PWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN
owleyez Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Omygosh! I'm a freshman doing a project on albinism! I saw a picture of an albino peacock and it was gorgeous! well, I had better go and finish up with my project! :)
IOnlyMadeThisLoginToPostThisComment Thursday, March 11, 2010
hahha wooooww mee too lol we are probly doing the same project and i thought the albino peacock was beautiful
guest Monday, March 15, 2010
im doing a project on albinism tooooo!! holy cow.
guest Monday, April 26, 2010
same here!!!! its so awesome
guest Tuesday, May 11, 2010
ALL OF US! WOWOW! [ and yeah, that peacock is absolutly beautifull]
guest Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Well we had someone doing this for a project for March, April, and May. I figured I would make the June person!
guest Wednesday, June 09, 2010
same here. but i'm in middle skool!
moonbeam.stardust Monday, December 13, 2010
hi my name is Darean Pennell i live in lansing michigan and i am a freshman in high school. i am doing a paper on people with albinism and have found out alot of stuff. even though i am not ill i fill for any one who is and thank you for this infomation
d_pennell Tuesday, February 09, 2010
hey! I'm a freshman doing a project on albinism too.
haha. just thought i'd point that out.

guest Monday, February 22, 2010
I am also doing a project, except I am a sophomore. Get owned.

guest Wednesday, February 24, 2010
im also doing a project but im a senior PWNED!
guest Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Hey, me too! High five!
guest Monday, March 01, 2010
it's very good topic.
im intrstd to this topic furture research for albunism

guest Saturday, July 24, 2010
Oh ya. Well, I am a senior citizen in high school who has albinism. I win.
guest Monday, March 08, 2010
i own all of yall haha
guest Monday, March 22, 2010
eyyyy! ima freshman and im doin stuff about albinism too:p but im all confused
guest Wednesday, March 24, 2010
I think it is statistically proven that most [9/10] people who look up anything related to albinism are in high school or college
guest Sunday, March 28, 2010
no Im in junior high
guest Friday, April 02, 2010
Sophmore oover heree
guest Tuesday, April 06, 2010
i'm a freshman doing a project on it toooo! how coooooolllllll are weeeeee!!
guest Monday, April 26, 2010
Im a biologist, studying about this still you all have alot to learn young fellas.
MTDezarr Tuesday, February 07, 2012
i m am making a brochure for the local doctor surgery, i am also an albino with marfan syndrome. whatta mix..
tana.mon.hanna Tuesday, May 15, 2012
tana.mon.hanna.... :[ very sad about the risks involved with both that you have to deal with.... hope all is well....
redheadsrock Friday, August 03, 2012
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