Therapeutic apheresis includes different types of extracorporeal removal of harmful substances or therapeutically effective components from blood or blood plasma. Today, new treatment methods based on blood filtration enable new therapies for a broad spectrum of patients and indications.
One example is LDL apheresis, which eliminates the cholesterol-containing particle low-density lipoprotein (LDL) from the bloodstream in patients with familial hypercholeseteraemia. LDL-cholesterol, the so called "bad cholesterol", plays a role in the development of arteriosclerosis and increases the risk of coronary diseases, heart attack, an even death. When traditional lipid-lowering treatments may not help to lower the elevated LDL-cholesterol to the goal, LDL apheresis becomes a feasible and effective option.
There are several other diseases and immunological disorders which can be treated extracorporally with our membranes.
Extracorporeal Therapeutic Plasmapheresis
Plasma separation or apheresis is a medical procedure, in which harmful plasma components are removed by fractionation, filtration, or adsorption.