Friday, September 26, 2008


This boy and his family all have xeroderma, and have come to live at Shanti and attend the free clinic for medical care. Xeroderma pigmentosum, or XP, is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet light is deficient. This disorder leads to multiple basaliomas and other skin malignancies at a young age. In severe cases, it is necessary to avoid sunlight completely.

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