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Antibody Blood Filtering Plasmapheresis
Blood filter?: Blood filters are usually permanent unless there is a problem. ...Read more
Plasmapheresis(plasma exchange) is a process involving the following steps: 1.Whole blood is withdrawn from the person. 2.The liquid portion or plasma is removed from the blood and replaced. 3.The blood, with all its red and white blood cells, is transfused back into the person. Usually made by an automated procedure and in precense of especialized healthcare ...Read more
Tested positive by the Blood antibodies AChR 14yrs ago for MG. Is it possible to be "retested" & see if they've changed/lowered? Will it matter?
Discuss with Neuro: The antibody titer often returns to normal after lont-term suppressive therapy, however, I don't think this can predict whether a relapse will occur. I'm assuming that you are undergoing immunosuppressive therapy and are wondering if it can be tapered? Usually this is done without testing for the antibody. If symptoms recur, then therapy is resumed. ...Read more
Genetics: You're talking about blood group antigens; sugars on the outside of the red blood cells unique to those with certain blood types. Those who have sugars "A" and "B" should not develop antibodies to these sugars, or else such antibodies would "attack" their own red blood cells (triggering lysis). ...Read more
Useful in pregnancy: Rhesus (Rh) factor is an inherited protein found on the red blood cells.If your blood has it, you're Rh positive. If your blood lacks it, you're Rh negative. Rh positive is the most common blood type. Having an Rh negative blood type is not a problem but It becomes important if the mother who is Rh negative develop Rh antibodies, from an Rh+ fetus; as these can cross placenta and cause problems. ...Read more
When giving blood, i was told I have rare antibodies that make my blood in high demand. I'm o+, which i understand to be common but not rare. What do they mean by rare antibodies?
Special blood: In addition to the "basics" (A/B/O and rH factor) we all learned in school, there are about two dozen "lesser" blood antigens (/"groups"), and the presence or absence of some of these can be very important, usually to a patient that has had transfusions in the past. Examples of these are "Kell" and "Duffy," see table: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_blood_group_systems ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Plasmapheresis is also known as Plasma exchange. It is a procedure whereby blood is taken out of the patient the blood cells are separated from the liquid or plasma and then the blood cells are given back to the patient. This is often used to treat disorders of the immune system. Antibodies from the immune system are ...Read more
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