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Plasma Exchange/ Plasmapheresis

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Plasma Exchange/ Plasmapheresis refers to the removal, treatment and return or exchange of blood plasma from and to the blood circulation. A needle attached to a catheter(thin tube) is inserted into a vein in each arm (usually) and blood comes out through one of the tubes and goes into a machine that separates the plasma from the blood cells. The plasma is replaced either with a solution such as saline or albumin, or it is treated and then returned to your body. Plasma Exchange/Plasmapheresis is indicated if you are suffering from Guillain-Barre syndrome, Myasthenia gravis, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, Goodpasture syndrome, Hemolytic uremic syndrome, or Wilson disease.