Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD) - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Apr 26, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for graft versus host disease?

A hematologist specialist usually should be consulted in the case of bone marrow transplants. In other transplants, the consulting transplant physician will recommend the appropriate diagnostic tests to confirm the condition.

2. Is graft versus host disease fatal?

Steroid-resistant acute GvHD increases the risk of survival failure. The survival rate of steroid-resistant acute GvHD patients is a mere 15% for 2 years.

3. Who is at risk of treatment failure in aGvHD cases?

If a combination of organs are affected, if the donor is sex mismatched for bone marrow transplant or if the patient has been hyperacute GVHD, there is a high risk of treatment failing.

4. What are the adverse effects of cGvHD?

Chronic GvHD results in poor quality of life, psychosocial and physical issues, and makes it difficult to go back to work.

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