Plasmapheresis for renal or non-renal cases

Plasmapheresis for renal or non-renal cases treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore

Plasmapheresis is the separation of the liquid element of the blood, or plasma, from the blood cells. Typically, the plasma is replaced with a different solution, such as saline or albumin, or it is treated and then returned to your body.

Your plasma may contain antibodies targeting your immune system if you have a disease. A machine can extract the contaminated plasma and replace it with good plasma or a plasma substitute, sometimes referred to as plasma exchange. The procedure is comparable to renal dialysis.

Plasmapheresis can also refer to the plasma donation procedure, in which the plasma is extracted, and the blood cells are restored to the patient.


Plasmapheresis can be used to treat a wide range of autoimmune diseases, including,

  • myasthenic syndrome

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)

  • Polyneuropathy with persistent inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy

  • Myasthenic syndrome Lambert-Eaton

It can also treat sickle cell disease problems and certain types of neuropathy.

In each of these illnesses, the body has produced antibodies, proteins programmed to recognise and destroy cells. These antibodies are present in plasma; usually, these antibodies are directed against foreign cells that may cause harm to the body, such as viruses.

On the other hand, antibodies will respond to cells within the body that perform critical tasks in persons with autoimmune diseases. In multiple sclerosis, for example, the body's antibodies and immune cells destroy the neurons' protective covering, eventually leading to muscular dysfunction. Plasmapheresis can halt this process by removing and replacing the antibody-containing plasma with new plasma.


You can improve by getting plasmapheresis treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore and reduce the symptoms and hazards by following these steps,

  • Before treatment or donation, make sure you have a nutritious meal.

  • The night before your procedure, get a decent night's sleep.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Get your vaccines for common infections up to date. 

  • Consult your doctor to determine which immunisations you require.

  • Avoid smoking and using tobacco.

  • In the days coming up to plasmapheresis, eat a high-protein, low-phosphorous, sodium, and potassium diet.


You will be resting on a cot during the plasmapheresis donation. The needle or catheter will then be inserted into a vein in the crux of the arm with the most vital artery. A catheter is sometimes inserted into the groyne or shoulder. Replacement or returned plasma enters your body via a second tube implanted in your arm or foot.

If you are being treated with plasmapheresis, the operation can last between one and three hours. You may require up to five treatments per week. Sometimes hospitalisation is necessary, and outpatient treatment is an option.


If you're getting plasmapheresis for a renal or non-renal case, you could feel better in a matter of days, and other illnesses may require many weeks before you see any changes in your symptoms.

Plasmapheresis can only provide temporary relief, and the technique will frequently have to be repeated. Your disease and its severity heavily influence the frequency and duration of outcomes. Your doctor or nurse can tell you how long plasmapheresis will be effective and how frequently you need to utilise it. Book an appointment at Manipal Hospitals to know more about the treatments with the help of best nephrology doctors in Bangalore.

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