Case report of two haematopoietic stem cell transplanted patients with chronic graft-versus-host disease resembling acute viral hepatitis

Öngören Ş., Başlar Z., Soysal T., AR M. C. , SONSUZ A. , Özbay G., ...Daha Fazla

Turkish Journal of Haematology, cilt.22, sa.1, ss.45-48, 2005 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 22 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Dergi Adı: Turkish Journal of Haematology
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.45-48


Chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) of the liver usually presents as an indolent cholestatic syndrome associated with abnormalities in the skin, oral mucosa, and lacrimal glands observed beyond day 100 after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. Because of its cholestatic nature, chronic liver GVHD is not generally considered in the differential diagnosis of markedly elevated serum transaminases and jaundice. However, sudden rise in serum transaminase levels after day 70 posttranplant should always raise the question of chronic liver GVHD. We report here two cases, in whom the presentation of chronic graft-versus-host disease of the liver strongly resembled acute viral hepatitis. Chronic GVHD of the liver should also be taken into account in the differential diagnosis of marked elevations of liver enzymes in allogeneic stem cell transplant recipients and appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures should be applied.