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What is graft versus host disease (GVHD)?

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It happens when the cells that come from a donor mistakenly attack your own cells. Its effects can range from mild to life-threatening.

A mild case of GVHD can be a good sign. If the donor immune cells attack your healthy cells, they're also fighting any leftover cancer cells. Your doctor may decide it's best not to treat it.

From: What Is Graft Versus Host Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

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Medscape: "Graft Versus Host Disease."

Cancer Research UK: "Graft versus host disease (GVHD)."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Graft Versus Host Disease."

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations, diagnosis and grading of acute graft-versus-host disease."

National Marrow Donor Program: "Graft-versus-host disease."

Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease Consortium.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Graft Versus Host Disease."

Cancer Research UK: "Graft versus host disease (GVHD)."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Graft Versus Host Disease."

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations, diagnosis and grading of acute graft-versus-host disease."

National Marrow Donor Program: "Graft-versus-host disease."

Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease Consortium.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 28, 2018

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