Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy

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Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy
Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy has an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance
Specialty Endocrinology 
Symptoms Choroid plexus calcification, Full cheeks[1]
Causes Gs alpha subunit deficiency[2]
Diagnostic method CBC, Urine test[3]
Treatment Phosphate binders, supplementary calcium [4]

Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy is a form of osteodystrophy,[5] and is classified as the phenotype of pseudohypoparathyroidism type 1A; this is a condition in which the body does not respond to parathyroid hormone.[1]


Choroid plexus(bottom left)

The disorder is characterized by the following:[1]

Individuals with Albright hereditary osteodystrophy exhibit short stature, characteristically shortened fourth and fifth metacarpals, rounded facies, and often mild intellectual deficiency.[6] Albright hereditary osteodystrophy is commonly known as pseudohypoparathyroidism because the kidney responds as if parathyroid hormone were absent. Blood levels of parathyroid hormone are elevated in pseudohypoparathyroidism due to the hypocalcemia[medical citation needed]


This condition is associated with genetic imprinting. It is thought to be inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, and seems to be associated with a Gs alpha subunit deficiency.[2]


The mechanism of this condition is due to Gs signaling decrease in hormones having to do with signal transduction which is when a signal from outside cell causes change within the cell (in function). Renal tubular cells don't expresses paternal only maternal alleles(variant form of a gene).[7][8][9]


Complete blood count

The diagnosis of Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy is based on the following exams below:[3]


Treatment consists of maintaining normal levels of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. Phosphate binders, supplementary calcium and vitamin D will be used as required.[4]


The disorder bears the name of Fuller Albright, who characterized it in 1942.[10] He was also responsible for naming it "Sebright bantam syndrome," after the Sebright bantam chicken, which demonstrates an analogous hormone insensitivity. Much less commonly, the term Martin-Albright syndrome is used, this refers to Eric Martin.[11]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy | Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) – an NCATS Program". Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Kottler, Marie (2004). "Alpha hereditary Osteodystrophy" (PDF). Orphanet.
  3. ^ a b "Pseudohypoparathyroidism: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b Kliegman, Robert (2016). Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier. pp. chap 572. ISBN 978-1-4557-7566-8.
  5. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. p. 657. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0.
  6. ^ Garavelli L; Pedori S; Zanacca C; et al. (April 2005). "Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy (pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia): clinical case with a novel mutation of GNAS1". Acta Biomed. 76 (1): 45–8. PMID 16116826.
  7. ^ "OMIM Entry - # 103580 - PSEUDOHYPOPARATHYROIDISM, TYPE IA; PHP1A". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  8. ^ Cooper, Geoffrey M. (1 January 2000). "Pathways of Intracellular Signal Transduction". Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  9. ^ Reference, Genetics Home. "What is a gene?". Genetics Home Reference. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  10. ^ F. Albright, C. H. Burnett, P. H. Smith, et al. Pseudo-hypoparathyroidism-example of 'Seabright-Bantam syndrome'; report of three cases. Endocrinology, Baltimore, 1942, 30: 922-932.
  11. ^ D. Martin, J. Bourdillon. Un cas de tétanie idiopathique chronique. Échec thérapeutique de la graffe d’un adénome parathyroïdien. Revue médicale de la Suisse romande, Lausanne, 1940, 60: 1166-1177.

Further reading

  • Thakker, Rajesh V.; Whyte, Michael P.; Eisman, John; Igarashi, Takashi (2013). Genetics of Bone Biology and Skeletal Disease. Academic Press. ISBN 9780123878304. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  • Henderson, Katherine E.; Baranski, Thomas J.; Bickel, Perry E.; Clutter, William E. (2009). The Washington Manual Endocrinology Subspecialty Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 9780781791540. Retrieved 12 February 2017.

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