McAllen Medical Offers this Specialized Service

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).

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

TPE takes about 3 to 4 hours in our dialysis unit. Consult with our highly trained staff to determine IP/OP services at 956-632-4488.