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Plasmaphereis (Plasma Exchange) for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

Plasmapheresis (also known as Plasma Exchange) is used to help treat relapses (attacks) for patients who do not respond well to other treatments such as steroids.  For this procedure, blood is removed from the patient and the plasma is separated from the red blood cells. The plasma is then mixed with serum albumin (a protein in blood that helps with maintaining blood pressure) and put back into the patient.

Additional resource that provide more information on Plasmaphereis (Plasma Exchange)

Plasmapheresis (Plasma exchange) (National Multiple Sclerosis Society)

Plasma Exchange (United States Department of Veterans Affairs)

Using Plasma Exchange to Treat Neurologic Conditions (American Academy of Neurology)