Cutaneous graft-versus-host disease - Clinical considerations and management

Peggy Wu, Edward W. Cowen

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15 Scopus citations


Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is the primary cause of non-relapse-related morbidity and mortality in patients who undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Dermatologic manifestations are common in both acute and chronic GVHD. In the acute setting, skin involvement often provides the first indication of GVHD and may progress to erythroderma and even skin necrolysis. In the chronic phase, skin involvement is extraordinarily polymorphic, potentially involves all layers of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, and presents in sclerotic and nonsclerotic forms. Management of cutaneous disease is challenging and ideally employs a multi-disciplinary approach and an understanding of the multiple medical issues facing patients with GVHD. The dermatologist plays a key role in caring for the patient with GVHD by providing an accurate diagnosis, determination of disease activity and response to treatment, and appropriate consideration of all available treatment modalities, including topical, systemic, and physical interventions (e.g. phototherapy, extracorporeal photopheresis). This chapter describes the cutaneous manifestations of acute and chronic GVHD and provides an evidence-based review of current treatment interventions for patients with GVHD skin disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransplantation Dermatology
EditorsPeter Hausermann, Jurg Steiger, Jakob Passweg
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Feb 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCurrent Problems in Dermatology
ISSN (Print)1421-5721
ISSN (Electronic)1662-2944

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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