A Graft-versus-Host Disease is a medical condition which succeeds a tissue transfusion from one body to another. The WBCs from the transferred tissues Fail to recognize the host body and considering it as 'foreign' attacks it instead. This may happen after transfusions like stem cell transplants, bone-marrow transplants or blood transfusions. The symptoms include Abdominal pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, Jaundice, sensitivity to spicy foods, Fatigue, muscle weakness, chronic pain, Joint pain or stiffness, Skin rash, Shortness of breath, Vaginal dryness and Weight loss.
HOW IS GRAFT-VERSUS-HOST DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
When the donor and the receiver are not related the risk of being diagnosed with GVHD is 60-80%