Therapeutic Plasmapheresis in Increasing Blood Rheology
Journal/Book: Natur- und Ganzheitsmedizin Wissenschaft und Praxis. 1990; 3/1: 14-17.
Abstract: Bag plasmapheresis as a form of ambulant plasmapheresis is highly suitable for the substitution of 300 ml blood plasma at the most per session and bag. The clinical benefit of the measure could be demonstrated in two independent centers at Vienna and Homburg. The therapeutic reduction of plasma viscosity, a mainly rheological measure, increases the circulation in the extremities and thus the pain-free walking distance in patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease. The intensive treatment comprised daily sessions over two weeks or two weekly sessions over six weeks. The mechanical plasmapheresis has been successfully performed for a long time in case of multiple myeloma, Waldenström's disease and other diseases with hyperviscosity syndrome. If an ambulant bag plasmapheresis can be applied in case of these diseases has to be shown in the future.