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How can plasma exchange help with treating multiple sclerosis (MS) flare-ups?

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For a very severe flare-up that doesn't get better with steroids, you can try plasma exchange. First, a health care professional will take some of your blood. The liquid part, called plasma, is taken out. It's replaced with a substitute plasma fluid or with plasma from a donor. Then, the blood is returned to your body.

Cleveland Clinic: "Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life with MS Easier."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Acthar Gel."

Multiple Sclerosis Society (UK): "Managing Relapses," "Relapsing Remitting (RRMS)."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Managing Relapses."

Ontaneda, D.  , October-December 2009. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology

Paturel, A.  , January/February 2009. Neurology Now

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

Cleveland Clinic: "Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life with MS Easier."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Acthar Gel."

Multiple Sclerosis Society (UK): "Managing Relapses," "Relapsing Remitting (RRMS)."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Managing Relapses."

Ontaneda, D.  , October-December 2009. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology

Paturel, A.  , January/February 2009. Neurology Now

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

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