Graft versus host disease (GVHD) is a common complication of bone marrow/stem cell transplantation. It is caused when the donor's immune cells (the "graft"), now in the patient, begin to see the patient's body (the "host") as foreign. Typically, GVHD attacks your skin (red rash, itching), liver (elevated liver test, yellowing of skin and eyes, abdominal pain) and gastrointestinal tract (diarrhea, nausea, cramping). GVHD can range from mild to very severe. In some cases, GVHD can be prevented or treated with immunosuppressive drug therapy. Symptoms should be reported to your doctor immediately.
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