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Also known as: white blood cell reduction apheresis.
Apheresis therapy is a medical procedure that involves removal of various components of blood to treat certain medical conditions. Leukapheresis involves removal of a patient’s white blood cells from the circulating blood. It’s often used as a treatment during leukemia if the blood has too many white blood cells.
A needle or an intravenous and catheter are used to draw blood from the patient. Then the blood is placed in a machine that separates the blood into its different components. The extra white blood cells are directed into a separate bag and are then discarded. The remainder of the blood is placed back into the patient’s body.
No special preparation is needed for leukapheresis.
Discomfort and lightheadedness are possible side effects of leukapheresis.
Reviewed by: Balagangadhar Totapally, MD
This page was last updated on: December 18, 2020 02:28 PM
The Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute at Nicklaus Children's Hospital provides state-of-the-art medical and surgical care to more pediatric cancer patients than any other facility in South Florida.
Chronic myelogenous leukemia is a rare cancer of the blood in children where over time, too many immature white blood cells form because of an abnormality in the normal maturation process of the cell.
JMML is a rare, serious chronic form of cancer of the blood in children (frequently boys), aged less than 4 years.
Therapeutic plasma exchange involves removing problematic plasma from the blood.