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Clin Nephrol. 1979 Sep;12(3):97-108.

Plasmapheresis in glomerulonephritis.


Plasmapheresis together with immunosuppressive drug therapy has been used in the treatment of 17 patients with glomerulonephritis [Goodpasture's syndrome (4), systemic lupus erythematosus (4), mesangiocapillary glomerulonephritis (2), glomerulonephritis associated with cirrhosis (2), nonspecific mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis (3), Henoch-Schoenlein purpura glomerulonephritis (1) and glomerulonephritis associated with infective endocarditis (1)]. Use of the Haemonetics Model 30 blood cell separator, exchanging two liters of plasma with 5% albumin in Hartmann's solution has provided a safe, effective but relatively expensive procedure, capable of producing a marked reduction of fibrinogen, complement components, anti-glomerular basement membrane antibody and immune complex concentrations. Removal of one or more of these factors is felt to be at least partly responsible for the improvement in renal function and clinical well-being demonstrated in patients with Goodpasture's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus and other forms of glomerulonephritis associated with the presence of circulating immune complexes.

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