What are the possible complications of Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS)?

Updated: Dec 13, 2019
  • Author: Jaclyn Scholtz, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The most common complication is bleeding, and care should be taken to minimize its effects in surgery and to avoid trauma. Ceroid can infiltrate all body organs and can lead to pulmonary failure, kidney failure, cardiomyopathy, colitis, and other organ malfunctions. In particular, pulmonary complications can occur following general endotracheal anesthesia. Patients with Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome are photosensitive, which increases the risk for the development of skin cancers as well as worsening visual function.


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