Definitions for "Plasmapheresis"
The process of removing certain proteins from the blood. Plasmapheresis can be used to remove excess antibodies from the blood of multiple myeloma patients.
Blood is taken from a vein and circulates through a machine, which separates the cells and the plasma. The plasma is removed and replaced with a substitute, which is returned to the body along with the blood cells.
Removal of a portion of blood, separation of the blood cells by centrifugation so as to remove the plasma portion containing antibodies and replacement with plasma or sterilized albumin separated from donor blood. It is often part of the treatment protocol in myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and severe dermatomyositis.
Process that filters out unwanted proteins from plasma