What are contraindications to apheresis?
Hemapheresis is generally avoided if a patient has active infection, unstable heart or lung conditions, severely low white blood cell or platelet counts, a bleeding tendency, or a significantly low blood pressure. The overall status of the patient as well as the seriousness and progression of the disease in question are all taken into consideration relative to these contraindications for each individual patient.
Medically reviewed by Martin E. Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery
"Therapeutic plasma exchange: Indications"