Teething and acute Graft Vs. Host Disease: A clinical observation Academic Article uri icon


  • A 5-month-old girl, treated with bone marrow transplantation for severe combined immunodeficiency, developed two episodes of severe acute graft vs. host disease (GVHD) while teething. A dramatic improvement in GVHD was noted after the completion of tooth eruption. It is suggested that the release of interleukin-1, associated with the traumatized gingival tissue, is the triggering mediator for the GVHD.

publication date

  • January 1, 1996