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Twenty percent of the population sneezes when exposed to bright light. Look for nephropathic cystinosis.

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Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helioophthalmic Outburst Syndrome; Photic Sneeze Reflex; Peroutka Sneeze Reflex.

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Incidence unknown. The syndrome probably is unrecognized in many individuals. May affect up to 20% of the Swedish population. Achoo syndrome is transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait.

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May be a complication of slitlamp examination. Abnormal reflex sneezing secondary to bright light. May be associated with nephropathic cystinosis thought to be caused by crystal deposition in the cornea.

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No known specific implications with this condition.

Beckman L, Nordenson I: Individual differences with respect to the sneezing reflex: An inherited physiological trait in man? Hum Hered 33:390, 1983.  [PubMed: 6674114]

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