Reasons for Plasma Exchange

When your doctor informs you that you need the Plasma Exchange procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Plasma Exchange is Performed

Alternate Names for Plasma Exchange:
Therapeutic plasma exchange

Reasons for Procedure

Plasmapheresis removes autoantibodies from the blood. Autoantibodies are proteins found in plasma. They mistakenly attack your body's own tissues. In some cases, this procedure is used to remove toxins or metabolic substances from the blood.

Plasmapheresis is used to treat the following:

  • Autoimmune diseases-conditions that occur when the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and organs
  • Neurological diseases-disorders affecting the nervous system
  • Very high levels of cholesterol that are not reduced by diet and medicines
  • Toxins that can get into your blood


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