Current status of therapeutic plasma exchange in Korea

Eun Young Song, Seog Woon Kwon, Dal Sik Kim, Dae Won Kim, Dong Wook Kim, Hyun Ok Kim, Chong Won Park, Jang Soo Suh, Dong Wook Ryang, Jeong Nyeo Lee, Jong Wook Lee, Young Ae Lim, Chae Seung Lim, Dong Seok Jeon, Chi Wha Han, Tae Hee Han, Kyou Sup Han

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A nationwide survey on the status of plasma exchange in Korea was performed during the 2 year period 2001-02. Data from 496 patients were collected from 15 major hospitals. The most common indication was myasthenia gravis (15.3%), followed by thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (14.5%) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (9.7%). Clinical improvement was noted in 70.1% of the 415 cases. Plasma exchange by centrifugation alone accounted for 92.4%. Postcentrifugal filtration was carried out in 5.6% and double filtration in 2.0% of treatments. The most common instruments for the centrifugation were Cobe Spectra (71.3%) and Fenwal CS3000 (15.8%). Filtration was performed by either Kuraray KM8300 or Kuraray KM8800. The overall frequency of complications was 11.1% (293/2647 cases), of which symptomatic hypocalcemia was the most common (2.3%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalTherapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Apr


  • Korea
  • Plasma exchange
  • Registry
  • Therapeutic apheresis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Nephrology


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