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Physiological and Adverse effects of Therapeutic Apheresis

The consequences of therapeutic apheresis encompass a broad range of responses. These responses can vary from mild, expected discomforts of the procedure to more severe and unanticipated reactions. Some of these responses constitute a continuous spectrum of symptoms, wherein events at one end are generally agreed to be expected physiological effects, while those at the other end are classified as adverse or untoward reactions. In the following table, the first four items in each category are considered to be at opposite ends, from least to most intense, of the same physiological spectrum.

All adverse apheresis events are to be recorded on the patient’s apheresis record and their hospital notes.

Physiological effects

These are to be expected in most procedures. They do not require cessation of a procedure or of a course of procedures. They are easily treatable or resolve spontaneously.

Adverse effects

These are unanticipated and often require cessation of the procedure.

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Topic Code: 38138