What is Shwachman-Diamond syndrome?

Also known as: SDS, Shwachman-Bodian-Diamond syndrome.

Shwachman-Diamond syndrome is a rare complex disorder that affects a child's bone marrow, pancreas, bones, and sometimes other parts of the body. Bone marrow failure results in not enough of some or all of the blood cells being produced. This leads to problems such as neutropenia, anemia and other disorders.

A lack of enzymes from the pancreas leads to poor food absorption and in addition skeletal abnormalities may be present.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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