Suggested Consent Language: Bone Marrow or Stem Cell Transplantation

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Graft versus Host Disease (GVHD) is a side effect of bone marrow or stem cell transplantation. In cases of GVHD, the new marrow treats your body as "foreign" and launches an attack against it. Medications are given to prevent or reduce the chances of it, and to treat GVHD if it does occur. The most common sites are the skin, liver, and gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and when severe, GVHD can be fatal. Medications are given to prevent or reduce the chances of it, and to treat GVHD if it does occur.