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What are the risks with apheresis?

What are the risks with apheresis?

Tetany: Tetany or muscle spasms due to low calcium is quite common since your blood is mixed with a substance that removes calcium to prevent the blood from clotting as it runs through the apheresis machine. Other risks include infection, low blood pressure, hematoma at the needle site, bleeding, nausea among other things. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Apheresis (Definition)

Apheresis is is a medical technology in which the blood of a donor or patient is passed through an apparatus that separates out one particular constituent and returns the ...Read more


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Is there a risk of anaphylaxis with apheresis?

Is there a risk of anaphylaxis with apheresis?

Unlikely: "unlikely" because an aphorism in medicine is "never say never" but highly unlikely as the stuff returned to you is the stuff that was removed minus something. No foreign material is added to which your immune system could identify and react. In fact, apheresis aka plasmapheresis is sometimes used to treat serious cases of recurrent anaphylaxis where the cause is unknown or idiopathic. ...Read more

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What does apheresis mean?

What does apheresis mean?

Pheresis: Is essence is a process where blood is "filtered" to extract either cellular products, red cells, white cells or a substance for either re-infusion (cell) or removal a macroglobulin in plasmapheresis in waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. ...Read more

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How can I reduce apheresis donation time?

The limitng factor: Is often the quality (ie size) of the venous access. ...Read more

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What should I doing, to prepare my body for an apheresis donation on monday ?

What should I doing, to prepare my body for an apheresis donation  on monday ?

Kindly check out: This link. God bless you for your noble deed! http://m.Redcrossblood.Org/donating-blood/types-donations/platelet-donation. ...Read more

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How to go about donating platelets by apheresis?

How to go about donating platelets by apheresis?

Platelet Donation: A platelet donor using apheresis must meet requirements for a regular blood donor and: 1) be at least 16 years old 2) be in good health 3) weigh at least 110 pounds 4) have a good vein 5) refrain from taking aspirin, or products containing Aspirin or feldene, (piroxicam) for 48 hours prior to donating. Always check with your local blood donation center first before going to donate. ...Read more

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Who can donate platelets via apheresis?

Who can donate platelets via apheresis?

Platelet Donation: A platelet donor using apheresis must meet requirements for a regular blood donor and: 1) be at least 16 years old 2) be in good health 3) weigh at least 110 pounds 4) have a good vein 5) refrain from taking aspirin, or products containing Aspirin or feldene, (piroxicam) for 48 hours prior to donating. Always check with your local blood donation center first before going to donate. ...Read more

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How does platelet donation work via apheresis?

How does platelet donation work via apheresis?

Pheresis: Is essence is a process where blood is "filtered" to extract either cellular products, red cells, white cells or a substance for either re-infusion (cell) or removal a macroglobulin in plasmapheresis in waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise after an apheresis blood donation?

How long should I wait to exercise after an apheresis blood donation?

Not long: It might be recommended to wait a few hours to let the puncture site heal a bit and rehydrate, but usually no more than that needed for light exercise. ...Read more