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Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD) - Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on Jul 28, 2021
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Q: Which doctor should I consult for graft versus host disease?

A: A hematologist 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.

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Q: Is graft versus host disease fatal?

A: 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.

Q: Who is at risk of treatment failure in aGvHD cases?

A: 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.

Q: What are the adverse effects of cGvHD?

A: 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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