Apheresis – high selectivity and compatibility
The specific removal of disease-causing (pathogenic) substances from the blood fluid (plasma) is called apheresis. The first step is to separate the patient's blood into blood cells and plasma. The plasma is then replaced by either protein-containing alternative solutions (plasma exchange) or exempted from pathogenic substances by specific selective filtration or adsorption processes. The cleansed plasma is then returned to the patient together with the previously separated blood cells. These selective apheresis procedures are not only significantly more compatible and safer but can even be more effective than plasma exchange.
The blood is usually taken from an arm vein in outpatient treatment just as in lipid apheresis therapies. In therapies relating to acute diseases that are carried out in intensive care units, such as Immunoadsorption, sometimes the blood is taken from a common central access.
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