USMLE

Albinism

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Metabolic Disorders
  1. Albinism
  2. Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency
  3. Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency
  4. G6PD Deficiency
  5. Essential Fructosuria
  6. Hereditary Fructose Intolerance
  7. Galactosemia
  8. Galactokinase Deficiency
  9. Lactase Deficiency
  10. Ornithine Transcarbamylase Deficiency
  11. Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  12. Maple Syrup Urine Disease
  13. Alkaptonuria
  14. Homocystinuria
  15. Cystinuria
  16. Propionic Acidemia
  17. Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome
  18. Systemic Primary Carnitine Deficiency
  19. MCAD Deficiency

Albinism is a disease of hypopigmentation, caused by defects in melanocyte function. Patients have a normal number of melanocytes, but each melanocyte has less melanin.

Albinism can be caused by (1) a defect in the enzyme tyrosinase, which catalyzes the synthesis of melanin from DOPA, or (2) by defective tyrosine transport into melanocytes, as tyrosine is the precursor to DOPA and melanin.

Skin findings are most notable for a lack of pigmentation, which subsequently leads to an increased risk of skin cancer. Albinism patients also have a number of ocular findings, such as impaired visual acuity, strabismus, and nystagmus.

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