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Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2005 Dec;45(7):892-901.

Shwachman-Diamond syndrome.

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Marrow Failure and Myelodysplasia Program, Division of Haematology and Oncology, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) is an inherited marrow failure disorder with varying cytopenia, pancreatic dysfunction, and metaphyseal dysostosis. SDS is also characterized by a risk of myelodysplasia and leukemia in up to one third of the patients. Over the last 5 years, major advances have been made in understanding the bone marrow phenotype. The gene associated with the disease, SBDS, has recently been identified. Herein we provide an update on the clinical features, the hematopoietic defects, and the genetics of the disease as they are currently understood. We also review the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the hematological complications in the syndrome.

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