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Plasmapheresis Side Effects
Not commom: Some blood disorder, neurological, or rheumatological are treated with plasmapheresis. ...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Plasmapheresis (plasma exchange) is a process involving the following steps: 1.Whole blood is withdrawn from the person. 2.The liquid portion or plasma is removed from the blood and replaced. 3.The blood, with all its red and white blood cells, is transfused back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
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
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
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
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.
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
I had the neuropathy before the GBS and Bell Palsey and I was treated with IGIV. Would it be a good idea to ask my neurologist about plasmapheresis??
Neuropathy: Yes, there are many options and plasmapheresis may be used as well. Be sure to check with your neurologist. ...Read more
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