The pheresis procedure, or apheresis, is often used to obtain stem cells from the peripheral blood of a person having a blood disease (such as leukemia), which are at a later time reinfused (often after some sort of processing) into that patient's bloodstream in a procedure known as an autologous bone marrow transplant. In this type of transplant, the sick person is his own donor. Similarly, the procedure is often used to obtain stem cells from a healthy person in a procedure known as an allogeneic bone marrow transplant. In this type of transplant, another person (whether related or not) is the donor.
See also Pheresis as treatment for:Myasthenia gravis
Blood Filtering Ash, S.R.; Blake, D.E.; Carr, D.J.; Harker, K.D. "Push-Pull Sorbent Based Pheresis for Treatment of Acute Hepatic Failure: The Biologic-Detoxifier/ Plasma Filter System."
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