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Oculocutaneous albinism type 7(OCA7)

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Disease or Syndrome
Synonym: Albinism, oculocutaneous, type VII
SNOMED CT: Oculocutaneous albinism type 7 (722059002)
Modes of inheritance:
Autosomal recessive inheritance
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Intellectual Product
Source: Orphanet
A mode of inheritance that is observed for traits related to a gene encoded on one of the autosomes (i.e., the human chromosomes 1-22) in which a trait manifests in individuals with two pathogenic alleles, either homozygotes (two copies of the same mutant allele) or compound heterozygotes (whereby each copy of a gene has a distinct mutant allele).
Genes (locations): LRMDA (10q22.2-22.3); WDR45 (Xp11.23)
Monarch Initiative: MONDO:0014070
OMIM®: 615179
Orphanet: ORPHA352745


Oculocutaneous albinism type VII (OCA7) is an autosomal recessive hypopigmentation disorder with predominant eye involvement including nystagmus, iris transillumination, and crossed asymmetry of the cortical visual response (Gronskov et al., 2013). For a general phenotypic description and a discussion of genetic heterogeneity of oculocutaneous albinism, see OCA1 (203100). [from OMIM]

Additional description

From MedlinePlus Genetics
Several additional types of this disorder have been proposed, each affecting one or a few families.

Oculocutaneous albinism is a group of conditions that affect coloring (pigmentation) of the skin, hair, and eyes. Affected individuals typically have very fair skin and white or light-colored hair. Long-term sun exposure greatly increases the risk of skin damage and skin cancers, including an aggressive form of skin cancer called melanoma, in people with this condition. Oculocutaneous albinism also reduces pigmentation of the colored part of the eye (the iris) and the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye (the retina). People with this condition usually have vision problems such as reduced sharpness; rapid, involuntary eye movements (nystagmus); and increased sensitivity to light (photophobia).

Researchers have identified multiple types of oculocutaneous albinism, which are distinguished by their specific skin, hair, and eye color changes and by their genetic cause. Oculocutaneous albinism type 1 is characterized by white hair, very pale skin, and light-colored irises. Type 2 is typically less severe than type 1; the skin is usually a creamy white color and hair may be light yellow, blond, or light brown. Type 3 includes a form of albinism called rufous oculocutaneous albinism, which usually affects dark-skinned people. Affected individuals have reddish-brown skin, ginger or red hair, and hazel or brown irises. Type 3 is often associated with milder vision abnormalities than the other forms of oculocutaneous albinism. Type 4 has signs and symptoms similar to those seen with type 2.  https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/condition/oculocutaneous-albinism

Clinical features

From HPO
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Sign or Symptom
Excessive sensitivity to light with the sensation of discomfort or pain in the eyes due to exposure to bright light.
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Disease or Syndrome
An abnormal reduction in the amount of pigmentation (reduced or absent) of skin, hair and eye (iris and retina).
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Disease or Syndrome
A form of strabismus with one or both eyes turned inward ('crossed') to a relatively severe degree, usually defined as 10 diopters or more.
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Disease or Syndrome
A form of strabismus with one or both eyes deviated outward.
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Disease or Syndrome
Rhythmic, involuntary oscillations of one or both eyes related to abnormality in fixation, conjugate gaze, or vestibular mechanisms.
Reduced visual acuity
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Diminished clarity of vision.
Iris transillumination defect
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Anatomical Abnormality
Transmission of light through the iris as visualized upon slit lamp examination or infrared iris transillumination videography. The light passes through defects in the pigmentation of the iris.
Hyperopia, high
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A severe form of hypermetropia with over +5.00 diopters.

Professional guidelines


Aquaron R, Lasseaux E, Kelekele J, Bonello-Palot N, Badens C, Arveiler B, Tshilolo L
Eur J Med Genet 2022 Oct;65(10):104594. Epub 2022 Aug 12 doi: 10.1016/j.ejmg.2022.104594. PMID: 35964929

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