Albinism Follow-up

Updated: Mar 22, 2016
  • Author: Mounir Bashour, MD, PhD, CM, FRCSC, FACS; Chief Editor: Hampton Roy, Sr, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Complications

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  • Skin cancer, sunburn
  • Reduced visual acuity
  • Social stigma
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Prognosis

Patients with albinism have a normal lifespan.

An increased risk of skin cancer exists; however, this is curable.

Patients may have children with no complications. Whether or not their children have albinism depends on the genetic makeup of their partner.

Albinism does not cause a delay in development or mental retardation.

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Patient Education

Remind patients to avoid excess sun exposure.

Provide genetic counseling for the family.

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