Definitions for plasmapheresisˌplæz mə fəˈri sɪs
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plasma is separated from whole blood and the rest is returned to the donor
A procedure in which whole blood is removed from a donor or patient and centrifuged to isolate blood cells that are resuspended in a compatible solution and re-injected into the donor or patient.
Origin: From plasm- + ἀφαίρεσις
Plasmapheresis is the removal, treatment, and return of blood plasma from blood circulation. It is thus an extracorporeal therapy. The method is also used to collect plasma, which is frozen to preserve it for eventual use in the manufacture of a variety of medications. The procedure is used to treat a variety of disorders, including those of the immune system, such as Goodpasture's syndrome, myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, lupus, and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Procedure whereby plasma is separated and extracted from anticoagulated whole blood and the red cells retransfused to the donor. Plasmapheresis is also employed for therapeutic use.
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