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Cases of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome may present to the dermatologist, ophthalmologist or haematologist. Classically the diagnosis rests on the triad of oculocutaneous albinism, a bruising tendency and the presence of characteristic pigmented-containing cells in the bone marrow. Specific tests of platelet function can, however, suggest the diagnosis without recourse to invasive techniques. We describe the disease in two young sisters.