Therapeutic Apheresis in Children: Special Considerations

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Abstract

The provision of therapeutic apheresis to children is a technically challenging procedure, requiring trained personnel and an understanding of the disease processes that leads to the need for apheresis. Most apheresis protocols are derived from studies in adult patients, even though most studies are of limited sample size. The focus of this review is to highlight the disease processes commonly treated with therapeutic apheresis in children, and to address the technical considerations pertinent to the provision of safe and effective apheresis in the pediatric setting.

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