What is Plasmapheresis?

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Plasmapheresis or plasma exchange, is a procedure which involves the removal, treatment, and return of blood to the body to remove antibodies, thereby preventing them from attacking their targets. This blood purification procedure is used to treat several autoimmune diseases.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Neuromyelitis optica 28 12
Multiple sclerosis 24 12
Myasthenia gravis 19 5
Guillain-Barré syndrome 4 0
Transverse myelitis 4 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 11
Mild 13
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Plasmapheresis

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 7
Dizziness 3
Nausea 3
Blood pressure decreased 2
Aphasia 1
Blood clot 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Plasmapheresis

Dosage Patients
every other week 1
monthly 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 34
Usually 2
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 16
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 14
Not specified 23
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7 patient evaluations for Plasmapheresis

Dec 8, 2015 (Started Nov 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for transverse myelitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: This treatment saved me from life in a wheelchair. I would advise anyone who is faced with this option to take it. It makes a huge difference. The lesion in my spinal cord affected my legs this time, so the plasmapharesis definitely made a huge difference, along with acute physical therapy.

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 16, 2012 (Started Oct 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks

Jan 2, 2012 (Started Apr 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for doctors think I probably have NMO)
  • Side effects
    Mild (tired for a few hours after treatment, complete exhaustion)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: tHIS IS A UNDERUSED TREATMENT FOR all AUTO IMMUNE DISORDERS. i HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.
Side effects: complete exhaustion, tired for a few hours after treatment

Apr 13, 2010 (Started Apr 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for doctors think I probably have NMO)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (complete exhaustion)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: After treatment I was exhausted and slept 5 hours.
Side effects: complete exhaustion, tired for a few hours after treatment

  • 2 helpful marks
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