May 1, 1993

Posttransfusion graft-versus-host disease in two immunocompetent patients

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
N RubeizA G Kibbi


Graft-versus-host disease may occur in certain immunocompromised patients after a blood transfusion. The disease is characterized by fever, a skin eruption, gastrointestinal disturbances, liver dysfunction, and bone marrow aplasia. Two cases of fatal graft-versus-host disease are reported. Both patients were immunocompetent and had received transfusions of nonirradiated blood from their children during surgery. The importance of preventing this complication by irradiating blood products given to patients by their first-degree relatives is underscored.

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Blood product
Aplastic Anemia
Graft-vs-Host Disease
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Graft-Versus-Host Disease Pathway
Liver Diseases

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