What is the prognosis for Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS)?

Updated: Nov 17, 2020
  • Author: Antoinette C Spoto-Cannons, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Hassan M Yaish, MD  more...
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Long-term prognosis for individuals with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome is uncertain and varies.

  • Patients with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome are at an increased risk of infection secondary to neutropenia and a neutrophil migration defect. Sepsis and death may occur. [5]

  • An increased incidence of myelodysplasia and transformation to acute myeloid leukemia is reported. Acute myeloid leukemia is usually unresponsive to conventional chemotherapy and requires allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. [10, 11] Even after stem cell transplantation, the prognosis in these patients is poor, mainly due to organ toxicity related to treatment (specifically cardiotoxicity). [31] This has led to a new debate regarding whether patients with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome have a predisposed myocardium, through genetic mechanisms, which become clinically significant after stress of treatment with cardiotoxic conditioning regimens such as whole-body radiation and cyclophosphamide. [91]

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