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How does plasma treatment work?

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You can get it at a hospital or outpatient center. You won't need anesthesia. You'll lie in bed or sit in a reclining chair. A needle attached to a thin tube will be put into a vein in each arm. If your arm veins are too small, you may need a needle in your shoulder or groin instead. One tube takes your blood to a machine that separates your plasma from your blood cells. Then, the blood cells get mixed with fresh plasma, and the mixture goes into your body through the other tube.

SOURCES:

Neurology: "Assessment of Plasmapheresis," September 1996.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Plasmapheresis;" "Medications: Managing Relapse;" and "Relapsing-remitting MS."

Cortese, V. , Jan 18, 2011. Neurology

Szczepiorkowski, Z. , 2010. Journal of Clinical Aphoresis

Moses Rodriguez, MD, professor of neurology and immunology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis: "Mellen Center Approaches: Plasmapheresis in MS."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Plasmapheresis."

Raphael, J.C. Cochrane Database Systematic Review: "Plasma exchange for Guillain-Barré syndrome," July 11, 2012.

American Academy of Neurology: "Plasmapheresis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Neurology: "Assessment of Plasmapheresis," September 1996.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Plasmapheresis;" "Medications: Managing Relapse;" and "Relapsing-remitting MS."

Cortese, V. , Jan 18, 2011. Neurology

Szczepiorkowski, Z. , 2010. Journal of Clinical Aphoresis

Moses Rodriguez, MD, professor of neurology and immunology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis: "Mellen Center Approaches: Plasmapheresis in MS."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Plasmapheresis."

Raphael, J.C. Cochrane Database Systematic Review: "Plasma exchange for Guillain-Barré syndrome," July 11, 2012.

American Academy of Neurology: "Plasmapheresis."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

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