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Plasma Exchange (Overview)

Plasmapheresis(plasma exchange) is a process involving the following steps: 1.Whole blood is withdrawn from the person. 2.The liquid portion or plasma is removed from the blood and replaced. 3.The blood, with all its red and white blood cells, is transfused back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 personnel that ensures safety.


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Whats plasma exchange?

Whats plasma exchange?

Plasma exchange: Plasma exchange is when, using a special machine much like a dialysis machine, whole blood is taken from a vein in your arm and spun in a centrifuge so that the plasma floats to the top to be removed, and the leftover blood is returned to your body. It is used to treat a condition known as ttp. Plasmapheresis is when plasma is removed, but Albumin is given back. ...Read more

Plasma Exchange (Overview)

Plasmapheresis(plasma exchange) is a process involving the following steps: 1.Whole blood is withdrawn from the person. 2.The liquid portion or plasma is removed from the blood and replaced. 3.The blood, with all its red and white blood cells, is transfused back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 personnel that ensures safety.


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What is the definition or description of: plasma exchange?

Removing plasma: Plasmapheresis(plasma exchange) is a process involving the following steps: 1.Whole blood is withdrawn from the person. 2.The liquid portion or plasma is removed from the blood and replaced. 3.The blood, with all its red and white blood cells, is transfused back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 personnel that ensures safety. ...Read more

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Having transverse myeltis for 14 months is it to late to have plasma exchange or ivig ?

Having transverse myeltis for 14 months is it to late to have plasma exchange or ivig ?

Yes. : If your symptoms is not getting worse, no new signs of spinal cord damage, usually it is not necessary to have such kind treatment. However, the damage to your spine is on going or new symptoms occurs, such as expanding the injury level, you need receive this kind treatment to stop it. ...Read more

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What about treating pandas with plasma exchange or immunoglobulin (ivig)?

What about treating pandas with plasma exchange or immunoglobulin (ivig)?

No verdict: This is not a slam dunk decision. There may be something to it but the final word is not yet in. There is ongoing research in this area. The treatments you mention can be risky, especially for a child. Also in many cases symptoms of pandas improve spontaneously with the passage of time. For more information try this nih link: http://intramural.Nimh.Nih.Gov/pdn/web.Htm. ...Read more

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Is a plasma exchange the best treatment for neuromytonia (isaacs syndrome)?

Is a plasma exchange the best treatment for neuromytonia (isaacs syndrome)?

Not usually: The inherited forms do not typically respond to plasma exchange. If you are the only person in the family who has the disorder, you may benefit from plasma exchange. Symptoms usually come back not long after the intervention. ...Read more

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Why plasma exchange is not curative for multiple sclerosis? thanks for answering

Why plasma exchange is not curative for multiple sclerosis? thanks for answering

Good question: plasmaphereis (plasma exchange) is used when steroids fail in controlling acute relapses of the disease.Why is it not curative: because it is an immune system dysfunction, I.e. the plasma exchange will help for a short period, the the immune system will act again necessitating another treatment, so no once and for all treatment with plasma exchange. Long term management requires immuno-modulatin ...Read more

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Risks of kidney transplant and plasma exchange?

Risks of kidney transplant and plasma exchange?

Not very harmful: If someone spoke to you about plasma exchange, then the issue is the presence of anti-donor antibodies in the recipient. The procedure removes the plasma containing the antibodies. The procedure is used either at the time (or just before) the transplant to prevent rejection in sensitized patients. Or, after the transplant if antibody mediated rejection has occurred. ...Read more

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How can plasma exchange help multiple sclerosis patients?

How can plasma exchange help multiple sclerosis patients?

Relapse Rx: Plasmapheresis is usually reserved for patients with relapsing remitting ms who are not responding to either steroids or acth, and is typically third line. Important to successfully reverse all relapses as 50% of untreated relapses will not reverse and provide added disability. Since there is risk with plasma exchange, need to work with a very experienced treatment team. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant needed. Confused about plasma exchange?

Kidney transplant needed. Confused about plasma exchange?

Removes antibodies: Plasma exchange or plasmapheresis is designed to remove antibodies (proteins) from the plasma fraction of the blood, which is then replaced with other plasma or albumin. It is done when the recipient has antibodies targeting the hla antigens in the donor. It may be done before or after the transplant; and is useful to prevent or treat rejections. ...Read more

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My dad has kidney failure, but also has really high pth and a high IGA. Would this be enough to get a prescription for plasma exchange/which dr?

My dad has kidney failure, but also has really high pth and a high IGA.  Would this be enough to get a prescription for plasma exchange/which dr?

Kidney failure: It is up to the doctor to decide what treatment is necessary when there is high PTH and high IGA. Please have a discussion with your dad's doctor and begin to understand what might or might not be necessary. My sense is that dad will have different treatment. Please let me know how it goes. ...Read more

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How many exchanges are in stove top stuffing?

Exchanges??: If you are "into" the exchange plan of eating---it would the same as "stuffing" or one half cup = 2 starches and 1 fat. Personally, i don't believe in the "exchange" program. If it worked well, we would have more success with it--which we don't. The good about the "exchange" program is that it can teach patients about portion control. ...Read more

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What are the processes involved in the exchange of gases?

What are the processes involved in the exchange of gases?

Well,: There are two places where gases are exchanged, one in the lungs an one at tissue levels. In both cases oxygen (o2) and carbon dioxide (co2) are exchanged: in the lungs co2 is given up an exhaled, while o2 is taken in by the red cells and transported everywhere in the body. At tissue level tho opposite is happening:o2 is given up and co2 is carried to the lungs. ...Read more

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Can you give me more info on refractive lens exchange surgery?

Can you give me more info on refractive lens exchange surgery?

Change of lens: This is considered when an intraocular lens was emplaced after cataract surgery and the power determined to be uncomfortably off from what was predicted. The eye is remeasured, and the wrong power lens removed, and a new one put in place. There is always some risk re-entering an eye but most skilled surgeons can handle this well. ...Read more

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What can I expect when getting the refractive lens exchange surgery?

Improvement: This is considered when an intraocular lens was emplaced after cataract surgery and the power determined to be uncomfortably off from what was predicted. The eye is remeasured, and the wrong power lens removed, and a new one put in place. There is always some risk re-entering an eye but most skilled surgeons can handle this well. ...Read more

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Why does our 17 years old japanese exchange student continually gaiin weight in us?

Why does our 17 years old japanese exchange student continually gaiin weight in us?

Diet and exercise: Japanese typically eat a lower calorie diet and walk a great deal more than their us counterparts=wt gain. ...Read more

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What is the exchange rate of chf?

What is the exchange rate of chf?

?: This is a very confusing question. I'm sorry. What exactly are you asking? I don't understand. ...Read more

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What effects could pneumonia have on gas exchange?

It may decrease gas : Exchange, causing hypoxemia. Most pneumonia do not cause problem with oxygenation. All have to be treated and get follow up xrays in 4-6 weeks. If you have preexisting lung condition then your gas exchange and oxygenation may be compromised needing aggresive management. ...Read more

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What to do if I have some question about being a foreign exchange student?

I would check a: website that addresses that type of issue. Healthtap is a site devoted to health. ...Read more

Plasma (Definition)

It is the fluid portion of both the blood and lymph system in which the ...Read more