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Can Albinism be detected prenatally?

By Anonymous March 28, 2010 - 2:40pm
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Hi i have two brothers with albinism and my parents are normal i just want to know if i get married my wife will have a birth of childs with albinism? I know there is a big chance of having an albinism childrens but the question :is there any treatment to give for my wife when she is pregnant to prevent her from giving an albino child? Hope u answer me.
thanks in advance

June 21, 2017 - 3:09am

Hi there-- thanks for your post.

Just for clarification: The gene can be carried by a parent that does not have albinism. One parent can be albino, the other does not have to be but the gene must be carried by both in order for the baby to be albino as well.

Hope this clarifies what I meant by "Both parents". Thanks!

March 12, 2011 - 7:57am
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This is not true. I also have it, and I have a healthy little girl who does not. The doctors have always told me that it is a 50?50 chance. If you have the disorder your spouse does not have to. The best place to go for info on this subject is NOAH. They are a wonderful source of info. I spoke with one of their specialist before I got pregnant. They basically told me that it would be a 50 50 chance. It has nothing to do th my husband.

March 11, 2011 - 11:30pm

Dear Anon,

Thank you for your question and welcome to EmpowHer.

Albinism can be detected during pregnancy through amniocentesis or Chorionic Villous Sampling (CVS) but ONLY if the parents have already had a child diagnosed with Albinism and that child has been diagnosed through DNA research. In this case, cells in the fluid are examined to see if they have an albinism gene from each parent. Keep in mind that in order for parents to have a child with Albinism, BOTH parents must carry the defective OCA gene.

For more reading and Understanding on Albinism and its genetics, please visit their site:

Hope this answers your question!

March 28, 2010 - 6:00pm
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