Treatment for Various Autoimmune, Blood or Neurologic Diseases

McAllen Medical Center offers inpatient and outpatient 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 IP/OP services

McAllen Medical Center 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