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Friday, August 22, 2008

Plasmapheresis and MS

Plasmapheresis and MS

By the Accordant Medical Team

What is Plasmapheresis?
Plasmapheresis means "plasma separation." This medical procedure consists of exchanging a patient's blood plasma (the watery part of blood) with a replacement solution. First, blood is withdrawn so that the plasma can be separated from the blood cells. Once separated, the blood cells are recombined with a replacement solution that resembles plasma, and the new mixture is then transfused back into the patient. Plasmapheresis is also called plasma exchange.
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