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Question: 15 month old Diabetic...

 caroloneill - Mon Apr 11, 2005 5:02 pm

My son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 7 months old. He recently had an ultrasound scan done which showed that the head of the pancreas is smaller than usual. Our doctor was concerned that there may be a different problem which has caused the diabetes so he ordered blood tests and x-rays of my son's wrists. He mentioned very briefly something called Shaukmans Syndrome. I probably have misspelt it but I was hoping somebody could shed some light on what is being investigated.
Thank you.
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Tue Apr 12, 2005 1:23 pm

Dear caroloneill,
Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS) is a rare congenital disorder characterized by pancreatic insufficiency, bone marrow dysfunction, and short stature.
Patients with SDS typically present with diarrhea, short stature, weight loss, and dry skin.
Recurrent bacterial infections, anemia and easy bruising may be the presenting picture in case of bone marrow affection.
Patients with SDS rarely develop diabetes mellitus.
Ultrasonographic findings of the pancreas of an individual with SDS show a pancreas of normal size.


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