Leah was recently diagnosed with a serious disease that is the result of a complication from stem cell transplants, her father said. As he has often done during Leah’s cancer fight, Devon Still took to Instagram to share the update.
According to the American Cancer Society, VOD, or Hepatic veno-occlusive disease, occurs when tiny veins and other blood vessels inside the liver become blocked. It happens only in people with allogeneic transplants, and primarily in those who received two types of drugs, busulfan or melphalan, as part of their post-cancer recovery.
VOD can be more common in older people who had liver problems before the transplant, according to the ACS. It can result in liver failure and death. The disease’s reported incidence in children who have undergone stem cell transplantation is between five and more than 60 percent, according to Medscape.
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