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  • Alternative Names

    Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy; Types 1A and 1B pseudohypoparathyroidism


    Symptoms are related to low levels of calcium and include:

    • Cataracts
    • Dental problems
    • Numbness
    • Seizures
    • Tetany (a collection of symptoms including muscle twitches and hand and foot spasms)

    Persons with Albright's hereditary osteodystrophy may have the following symptoms:

    • Calcium deposits under the skin
    • Dimples that can replace knuckles on affected fingers
    • Round face and short neck
    • Short hand bones, especially the bone below the 4th finger
    • Short stature

    Signs and tests

    Blood tests will be done to check calcium, phosphorus, and PTH levels. Urine tests may also be done.

    Other tests may involve:

    • Genetic testing
    • Head MRI or CT scan of the brain