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Injection and the Prevention of Graft vs. Host Disease
A bone marrow transplant is a very serious procedure. Obviously, a bone marrow transplant is being initiated to save the life of the recipient. Therefore, the patient feels a great deal of stress hoping that the bone marrow transplant will be successful. In some cases, however, a bone marrow transplant can yield a new disorder known as Graft versus Host Disease. This condition is hardly a benign one and it makes having to deal with the complexities of a bone marrow transplant even more difficult to endure. But is this condition avoidable? To answer this question, one must clearly understand what exactly leads to this disease.
Cancer.gov offers a rather stoic definition of Graft versus Host Disease and refers to it as the bad reaction in which donated stem cells do not gel well with the patient's tissues. In more in depth explanation of this problem is offered by Ohio State University which explains the various complicated aspects of why the body might reject the transplant.
Essentially, during a bone marrow transplant stand, a donor will provide bone marrow and immune cells to a recipient. In the case of Graft versus Host Disease, a negative response by the immune system is what causes the disease. That is, the immune cells of the new bone marrow are not the same as the cells in the recipient and a rejection occurs. This can lead to the development of Graft versus Host Disease which adversely affects the liver and/or the intestines. Sadly, this condition does not reveal itself immediately after the transplant. In some cases, it may take upwards of 90 days before any negative effects are visible. This, of course, leads to delays in treatment. However, there really should be no need for any treatment provided proper preventive maintenance was instituted prior to the bone marrow transplant.
After the onset of Graft versus Host Disease, there might be some questions as to why the injections did not work. In some cases, no matter what the doctors did it was impossible to avoid the onset of this disease. However, if the wrong dosage was injected or improper amounts were used or, worst of all, the hospital neglected to perform the injections. If any negligence occurred, there may be significant liability present in the aftermath of the onset of the disease. If this is the case, anyone who suffers such adverse effects should seek legal counsel to discuss potential civil litigation.