Therapeutic apheresis (TA) is a general term for all extracorporeal blood purification procedures in which components of blood are separated through an extracorporeal device to treat a disease.
Apheresis is the general technique of extracorporeal blood purification whereby one constituent is removed and the remainder is returned to the patient.
There is ongoing increase in the number of indications of therapeutic apheresis (TA) for the treatment of various clinical conditions, which is reflected by 14 new diseases included in the recently published ASFA guideline. Basic science and knowledge of indications of TA are important for almost all physicians as this treatment modality covers a growing list of medical disciplines including hematology, nephrology, neurology, gynecology, rheumatology, cardiology, endocrinology, dermatology, hematopoietic/solid organ transplantation etc.
During the process, normal saline or albumin replaces the plasma and then the cleaned plasma is replaced back into your body. In a process very similar to dialysis, plasma can be removed from the body to cleanse it to treat a variety of disorders...
Watching blood flow out of my body—even within the sterile confines of a clear plastic hose—makes me anxious. I understand why: My predecessors in deep time who were comfortable with gushing wounds were naturally selected against
This site is devoted to therapeutic apheresis education. Dr. Kiprov is an immunologist who has devoted his medical career to the research and development of TA and has published more than 100 articles on the subject.
ASFA is an organization of physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals whose mission is to advance apheresis medicine for patients, donors and practitioners through education, evidence-based practice, research and advocac