Apheresis Center Clinical Services
The Apheresis Center performs the following types of therapies. Medical consultations are also available as needed for clinical services.
The theoretical basis for TA is to reduce the patient’s load of a pathologic substance to levels that will allow clinical improvement. TA is also sometimes performed to replace a substance that is normally present in blood, but absent or dysfunctional in a particular patient. Our Lab conducts therapies that include the following:
- Plasmapheresis: Therapeutic plasma exchange is indicated for a number of diseases and conditions in areas such as Hematology / Oncology, Neurology, Solid Organ transplant rejections, Nephrology, Rheumatology, and Hepatic Diseases.
- Leukapheresis: Therapeutic white cell depletion has been used to treat dramatically elevated white cell counts that can occur in acute leukemia.
- Erythrocytapheresis: Therapeutic red cell exchange may be used to treat complications of Sickle Cell Disease.
- Plateletpheresis: Therapeutic platelet depletion can be used for thrombocytosis (such as thrombocythemia) in symptomatic patients with platelet counts above 1,000,000/uL.
- Photopheresis: Photopheresis (white cells exposed to UV light) can be used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma and GVHD
Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC)
PBSC collection is the extraction of stem cells from peripheral blood (as opposed to bone marrow) for potential use in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.