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Picture of Ataxia Telangiectasia

Picture of Ataxia Telangiectasia

Ataxia telangiectasia is a genetic condition that manifests in early childhood. It causes cerebral ataxia (problems with balance and coordination), immune system abnormalities, and a predisposition to cancer. The photo depicts ocular telangiectasia, which is a reddening of the whites of the eyes caused by dilated blood vessels. Breaks in chromosomes are also a feature of the condition.

Image Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: Genetics Home Reference: "Ataxia Telangiectasia"