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When does someone with multiple sclerosis (MS) use plasma exchange?

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People with some forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) use plasma exchange to manage sudden, severe attacks, sometimes called relapses or flare-ups. Their plasma could have certain proteins that are attacking their own body. When you take out the plasma, you get rid of those proteins, and symptoms may get better.

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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