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Plasma Exchange Treats Lupus Nephritis Better

2013-01-21 08:58

Lupus Nephritis, Plasma Exchange, kidney failurePlasma exchange can treat Lupus Nephritis better and control the condition well. The treatment for Lupus Nephritis needs the combination of medicines and advanced blood purification techniques, while plasma exchange is one of them. There is no doubt the advanced blood purification equipment is the powerful guarantee of treatment effects.

Lupus Nephritis occurs when lupus autoantibodies affect the glomeruli of kidneys. This abnormal process results in kidney inflammation and may lead to proteinuria, blood in urine, impaired kidney function or even Kidney Failure. It is easy to understand that eliminating the lupus autoantibodies is very important.

Dialysis treatment is very common for kidney disease patients, usually used when the illness condition develops Kidney Failure. Dialysis can help Lupus Nephritis patients eliminate the harmful substances and excess water. However, these harmful substances only include the small molecule materials such as creatinine, uric acid and urea nitrogen and so on. The macromolecular substances can not be removed out of body by dialysis. Neither dialysis nor western medicines can eliminate the lupus autoantibodies. The common treatment for Lupus Nephritis refers to the use of western medicines to treat the corresponding systems.

We can use PE (plasma exchange) to help Lupus Nephritis patients eliminate lupus autoantibodies and other macromolecular substances. The basic process of plasma exchange is: patients’ blood will be extracted out of body through blood pump, then the blood goes through Plasma-Flow, the plasma and cell component will be separated. The pathogenic plasma or some pathogenic factors in the plasma will be eliminated, then the cell component, clean and healthy plasma and some nutrients will be re-entered into patients’ body. Plasma exchange has been used in China to help Lupus Nephritis patients eliminate lupus autoantibodies, however, it can not be seen in some countries.

Plasma exchange helps create a nice internal environment. After that, Chinese herbal medicines which have functions of anti-inflammation, anti-coagulation and degradation will be used to eliminate the immune complexes depositing on kidneys, also Chinese herbal medicines provide nutrition for damaged kidneys to repair kidney damage, which helps Lupus Nephritis patients avoid Kidney Failure.

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