Is Plasmapheresis A Therapy for Myasthenia Gravis?

Q:
Is plasmapheresis a therapy for myasthenia gravis?

A:
Plasmapheresis is one of the intravenous therapies.

This procedure uses a filtering process similar to dialysis. Your blood is routed through a machine that removes the antibodies that block transmission of signals from your nerve endings to your muscles’ receptor sites.

However, the beneficial effects usually last only a few weeks.

After repeated treatments, it may be difficult for doctors to gain access to your vein. They may need to implant a long, flexible tube (catheter) into your chest to conduct the procedure.

Other risks associated with plasmapheresis include a drop in blood pressure, bleeding, heart rhythm problems or muscle cramps. Some people may also develop an allergic reaction to the solutions used to replace the plasma.

Key word: plasmapheresis myasthenia gravis

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