World of Freaks

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Freaky Encyclopedia  *UNDER CONSTRUCTION*

Here are the A - Z details of the types of 'freakisms' shown on this site.

Albinism

Albinism is a comparatively rare genetically inherited group of conditions which results in a reduction or complete lack of pigment (colour) in the skin, hair and eyes of people with the condition. This can result in pale skin which burns easily in the sun, virtually white hair, very severe short-sight and photophobia (a severe sensitivity to light).

There are two types of albinism, that which affects the skin, hair and eyes (oculo-cutaneous albinism) and that which affects just the eyes (ocular-albinism). The most common type is oculo-cutaneous albinism. There are a number of distinct types of albinism which are associated with different genes

The extent to which those who have albinism are affected depends on whether the body has any ability to produce the pigment melanin.

 

Further reading can be found at these websites:

Albinism Fellowship

NHS Choices

NOAH

Patient UK

Cyclopia

Cyclopia: A congenital abnormality (birth defect) in which there is only one eye. That eye is centrally placed in the area normally occupied by the root of the nose. There is a missing nose or a nose in the form of a proboscis (a tubular appendage) located above the eye.

Further details can be found at the links below:

BabyMed

How's Health