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Doctor insights on: Plasmapheresis And Pregnancy

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How is plasmapheresis performed?

How is plasmapheresis performed?

Using a machine: A cell separator is used. Access to a vein is needed, using either needles or a catheter. Blood is drawn from the person, and goes into a centrifuge which separates the liquid part of blood (the plasma) from the cellular parts. The plasma is collected and replaced with some other liquid as the blood is returned. It can be done either for treatment of disease, or to collect blood components. ...Read more

Plasma Exchange (Definition)

Plasmapheresis(plasma exchange) is a process involving the following steps: 1.Whole blood is withdrawn from the person. 2.The liquid portion or plasma is removed from the blood and replaced. 3.The blood, with all its red and white blood cells, is transfused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


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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: plasmapheresis?

What is the definition or description of: plasmapheresis?

Removal of plasma: 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 removed in the plasma. ...Read more

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Is there any use of plasmapheresis in anaphylaxic drug allergy?

Is there any use of plasmapheresis in anaphylaxic drug allergy?

Probably not: Treatment of anaphylaxis from a drug allergy involves stopping the medication and appropriate use of epi, antihistamines and possible steroids. Plasmapheresis does not play a role in management of drug allergy. ...Read more

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How can I get ready for plasmapheresis?

How can I get ready for plasmapheresis?

Prepare yourself: Read up on the procedure itself and the circumstances surrounding your procedure. I donated platelets for another person way-back-when and it's a physical challenge but not something that a tough person need fear. Especially, think about the purpose -- gaining / regaining health for yourself or another person to do meaningful things, achieve life goals. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the indication for plasmapheresis in anaphylaxic drug allergy?

What is the indication for plasmapheresis in anaphylaxic drug allergy?

Distinctly unusual: It would be distinctly unusual to use plasmapheresis for drug allergy reaction. The treatment for anaphylactic drug allergic reaction is to stop the medication and treat the patient with appropriate medications. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a plasmapheresis done?

Hospital: Your doctor will arrange that for you. Usually it is arranged/performed in a hospital setting. ...Read more

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My father age 70 diabitic has been diagonize with CIDP. Neuro suggest IVIG or plasmapheresis. I wanted to know which one is better for him.

My father age 70 diabitic has been diagonize with CIDP. Neuro suggest IVIG or plasmapheresis. I wanted to know which one is better for him.

Better?: This is a tough call because both options are appropriate management. If you can, please go to a local Library and have them point you to a few books that can help you understand the options for your father's care. All should go well. Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Plasmapheresis (Definition)

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