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McCune Albright syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Albright syndrome
- Albright's disease
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 This multisystem disorder is characterized by replacement of normal bone tissue with areas of abnormal fibrous growth (fibrous dysplasia); patches of abnormal skin pigmentation (i.e., areas of light-brown skin [cafe-au-lait spots] with jagged borders); and abnormalities in the glands that regulate the body’s rate of growth, its sexual development, and certain other metabolic functions (multiple endocrine dysfunction). This condition results from a change (or mutation) in the GNAS gene that occurs by chance very early in development. As a result, some of the body's cells have a normal version of the GNAS gene, while other cells have the mutated version. This phenomenon is called mosaicism. The severity of this disorder and its specific features depend on the number and location of cells that have the mutated GNAS gene. Because McCune-Albright syndrome occurs by chance, it is not inherited and passed down from one generation to the next.McCune-Albright syndrome is a disease that affects the bones, skin, and several hormone-producing (endocrine) tissues.
Last updated: 10/17/2013
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