Treatment for Various Autoimmune, Blood or Neurologic Diseases
South Texas Health System McAllen offers inpatient plasmapheresis services provided by a staff highly trained in this specialty. Plasmapheresis or Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE) is a procedure that passes a patient's blood through a medical device that separates the plasma from other components of the blood, removes it and replaces it with NaCL 0.9% (ASFA 2007).
TPE takes about three to four hours in our dialysis unit. Please call 956-632-4488 to consult with our highly trained staff to determine services.
South Texas Health System McAllen TPE services address conditions including:
Antibody: (Anti-GBM disease, Myasthenia Gravis, Guillian Barre Syndrome, antibody mediated transplant rejection)
- Monoclonal Protein: (Myeloma protein, Waldenstrom's macroglobulanemia)
- Circulating Immune Complexes: (Cryoglobulanaemia)
- Alloantibody: (RH allo-immunization in pregnancy)
- Toxic Factor: (TTP, HUS, FSGS)
Replenishment of Specific Plasma Factor:
- Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (TTP)
Other Effects of the Immune System:
- Improvement in function of reticuloendothelial system
- Removal of inflammatory mediators
- Shift in antibody to antigen ratio resulting in more soluble immune complexes
- Stimulation of lymphocyte clones to enhance cytotoxic therapy