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J R Soc Med. 1995 May; 88(5): 293P–294P.
PMCID: PMC1295210

Oculocutaneous albinism and bruising in two sisters--probable Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome.


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.

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