Therapeutic plasmapheresis is an extracorporeal blood purification technique designed for the removal of pathogenic substances from the plasma of patients. Examples of these substances include pathogenic autoantibodies, immune complexes, cryoglobulins and cholesterol-containing lipoproteins.
- Immune Complexes
- Cholesterol in Hypercholesterolaemia
- Protein-bound Drugs / Toxins
- Mushroom Poisons
Therapeutic plasmapheresis includes the following three modalities.
- Plasma Exchange (PE)
- Double Filtration Plasmapheresis (DFPP)
- Immunoadsorption (IA) / Plasma Adsorption (PA)
Plasma and proteins pass through the membrane but the pores are small and cellular components cannot pass across the membrane.
Plasma and pathogenic substances in the plasma can be discarded or purified and returned to the patient.
Please see below for conditions for which Plasmapheresis is indicated.
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