Plasmapheresis Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 08, 2021
  • Author: Elliot Stieglitz, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is plasmapheresis?

When is plasmapheresis used?

What are category I disorders for which plasmapheresis is accepted as first-line therapy?

What are category II disorders for which plasmapheresis is accepted as second-line therapy?

What are category III disorders for which the optimal role of plasmapheresis therapy is not established?

What are category IV disorders in which plasmapheresis is demonstrated or suggested to be ineffective or harmful?

What are the contraindications for plasmapheresis?

What is the difference between plasmapheresis and cytapheresis?

How are complications of plasmapheresis prevented?

Periprocedural Care

What equipment is needed for plasmapheresis?

When is anesthesia indicated in plasmapheresis?

How is a patient positioned for plasmapheresis?

What is included in the monitoring of a patient undergoing plasmapheresis?

What is included in the long-term monitoring of patients who have undergone plasmapheresis?

Technique

What are the steps involved in performing plasmapheresis?

Which replacement products are used during plasmapheresis?

How are symptomatic adjustments managed during plasmapheresis?

What are special considerations for pediatric patients undergoing plasmapheresis?

What are the complications of plasmapheresis?

Medications

What are the goals of drug treatment for plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Magnesium Salts are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Isotonic Crystalloids are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Blood and Blood Products are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Electrolyte Supplements are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Calcium Salts are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Analgesics, Other are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Beta1/Beta2 Adrenergic Agonists are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Antihistamines are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?

Which medications in the drug class Anticoagulants are used in the treatment of Plasmapheresis?