Therapeutic apheresis: When things go wrong

A. Sergio Torloni, Jeanne Lumadue, Abba Zubair

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Abstract

Therapeutic apheresis medicine requires in-depth knowledge of physiology, disease mechanisms as well as a thorough understanding of the parameters that can be adjusted in the instrument that are used. We report two cases where critical decision making was crucial during management of patients being treated with therapeutic apheresis. Case 1 involves an adult patient with severe circulating cryoglobulins and Case 2 describes a patient with Waldenström's macroglobulinemia and hyperviscosity. Both cases demonstrate the importance of readily available expert supervision of therapeutic apheresis procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-171
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Apheresis
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 17 2012

Keywords

  • apheresis
  • complications
  • complications of therapeutic apheresis
  • plasma exchange

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology

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