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Why plasmapheresis is used to remove factor viii; could this be useful in a procoagulable state?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 46 years experience
No.: Plasmapheresis removes all the clotting proteins, including factor viii, but the body rapidly replaces what is taken out. Usually all proteins are back to their usual levels within 24 hours. This would not be long enough to provide meaningful anti-coagulation.

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