graft-versus-host disease

Definition / meaning of graft-versus-host disease

A disease caused when cells from a donated stem cell graft attack the normal tissue of the transplant patient. Symptoms include jaundice, skin rash or blisters, a dry mouth, or dry eyes. Also called GVHD.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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