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Revista Médica del Uruguay

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INSAGARAY, Juan et al. Hemaféresis terapéutica: actividad realizada en el período 2008-2012. Rev. Méd. Urug. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.4, pp.255-260. ISSN 1688-0390.

Abstract Thereapeutic hemapheresis procedures constitute an important tool for the treatment of a growing number of conditions - being it the first line treatment for certain pathologies, according to the guidelines of the American Society of Apheresis (ASFA). It uses extracorporeal circulation and in most cases centrifugations is done to separate the different components in the blood, and to remove antibodies, immune complexes and sometimes excess cells that produce the disease. It is a safe and effective therapy when carried out by trained staff, in areas specially equipped for such purpose. This study presents the experience of the apheresis team at the Department of Transfusion Medicine between 2008 and 2012, in terms of the diseased treated and the side effects associated to such procedures.


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