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Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

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Overview of Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

GVHD KaleidoscopeGraft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD) is an autoimmune response to foreign cells, such as from skin grafting, bone marrow transplants, stem cell transplants, blood transfusions, or organ transplants.

Causes of Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

Graft-versus-Host Disease - Causes. Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a complication that can occur after a stem cell or bone marrow transplant in which the newly transplanted material attacks the transplant recipient's body. MedlinePlus.

Diagnosis of Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

Cutaneous Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease. Cutaneous involvement is the most frequent manifestation of chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD). Wiley Online Library, 09/06/2013.

Bullous scleroderma-like changes in chronic graft-versus-host disease. Chronic cutaneous GVHD is categorized according to the type of skin lesions into lichenoid and sclerodermoid variants, but bullous scleroderma-like changes are exceptional. PubMed, J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 17(2):200-3.

Treatments for Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

Graft-versus-host disease of the skin and adjacent mucous membranes. The incidence of GVHD has been rising in the last decade and care and therapy of patients requires an interdisciplinary approach with dermatology in a key position. Wiley. Journal of The German Society of Dermatology, 30 May 2013.

A case of cutaneous lichen sclerosus et atrophicus (LSA) effectively treated by extracorporeal photochemotherapy (ECP). The fact that ECP is effective in LSA, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), erosive lichen planus, and scleroderma strengthen the hypothesis that there is a common link between these four conditions. Wiley. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 7 May 2013. (Also see Lichen Sclerosus)

Patient Stories for Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

Blog: Jackie Sue We Love You. Jackie passed away on November 30th, 2011. Jackie had GVHD. The blog covered her progress after her mini-allo MUD transplant. Her transplant was the first one to be performed by the Mayo Clinic. Bruce and Jackie. (Also see Graft vs. Host Disease, GVHD)

Klaas: Scleroderma Graft-vs-Host Disease (GVHD) So I would like to know if, and when, I will be able to walk again…

(Spanish/Español) Klaas: Sclerodermia da GVHD Essiste un modo per capire se ci sono delle speranze e quali sono…

(Italiano) Fabiola: Paziente Affetta da Sclerodermia Morphea Dopo 5 anni si e' svegliata una sclero conseguenza pero' della GVHD (Graft Versus Host Disease) che viene dopo il trapianto di midollo…

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