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Bone Marrow Transplant. 2002 Jun;29(11):931-3.

Liver failure complicating non-alcoholic steatohepatitis following allogeneic bone marrow transplantation for Shwachman-Diamond syndrome.

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  • 1Bone Marrow Transplant Service, Department of Clinical Haematology and Medical Oncology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.


Bone marrow transplantation is potentially curative therapy for the hematologic complications associated with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS). This syndrome is, however, also associated with significant pancreatic and hepatic dysfunction, which may complicate BMT. We report a case of liver failure due to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) following BMT for SDS. This case illustrates the need for assessing liver dysfunction pre-BMT in these patients, in addition to highlighting the potential risk posed by pre-existing steatosis for the development of rapidly progressive hepatic failure following transplantation.

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