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What other diseases does plasmapheresis help?

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Plasma exchange hasn't been shown to help primary progressive or secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS).

It may also help treat other diseases that damage the coating around your spinal cord and nerves, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, and myasthenia gravis. After plasma exchange, people with Guillain-Barré syndrome or chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy are more likely to regain muscle strength and walk without help.

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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