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New test could discern serious condition early after bone marrow transplant

Protein level in blood reveals graft-versus-host disease, may indicate severity of this complication

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2:31pm, January 6, 2010

A new blood test can discern whether a skin rash signals a high-risk complication or just a minor nuisance in people who have undergone a bone marrow transplant, researchers report in the Jan. 6 Science Translational Medicine. The test may also identify early on which patients face long odds and need aggressive treatment for the complication.

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