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Br J Haematol. 1999 Oct;107(1):49-54.

Pregnancy in bone marrow failure syndromes: Diamond-Blackfan anaemia and Shwachman-Diamond syndrome.

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Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, USA.


Pregnancy in bone marrow failure syndromes has risk to mother and fetus. There are fewer than 30 reports of cases with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia (DBA), and none with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SD). We report two DBA and one SD cases. One DBA mother received transfusions intra-partum, and the other only post-partum. Both required caesarean sections (C-sections) for failure of labour to progress and severe pre-eclampsia respectively. Both subsequently resumed pre-pregnancy steroid-induced control of anaemia. approximately 40% of DBA pregnancies required maternal transfusions; 25% delivered by C-section. The SD patient also had Ehlers-Danlos (ED) syndrome and urticaria pigmentosa (UP). Her blood counts were adequate until week 38, when the platelet count dropped and a C-section was performed. Pregnancy management in marrow failure disorders requires obstetricians with expertise in high-risk pregnancies, and haematologists with experience with marrow failure syndromes.

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