Integument

This is a Skin & Connective Tissues condition.

Oculocutaneous Albinism, OCA2

What is OCA2?

Caused by a failure of melanin synthesis, oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is characterized by lack of pigment of the eyes, skin, and hair. Albino pups can sometimes suffer visual deficits due to lack of pigment in the eyes (which help direct and absorb ambient light); their unhaired areas are prone to sunburn.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Besides their lack of pigment, albino pups can sometimes suffer visual deficits due to lack of pigment in the eyes (which help direct and absorb ambient light) and their unhaired areas are prone to sunburn.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs are often first recognized in puppies.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Genetic testing and clinical signs can be used to diagnose this condition.

How is this condition treated?

There is no treatment for this condition.

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