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.