Therapeutic plasma exchange in patients with pauciimmune vasculitis: Hospital Universitario San Ignacio experience; Bogotá, Colombia
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Apheresis, plasmapheresis, therapeutic plasma exchange, vasculitis, ANCA.

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Córdoba JP, Contreras K, Hurtado M, Pinto J, Rodriguez MP, Larrarte C. Therapeutic plasma exchange in patients with pauciimmune vasculitis: Hospital Universitario San Ignacio experience; Bogotá, Colombia. Rev. Colomb. Nefrol. [Internet]. 2014 Jan. 2 [cited 2023 Dec. 9];1(1):3-9. Available from:


Introduction: The vasculitis ANCAS positive, are a group of diseases with different clinical manifestations. Therapeutic plasma exchange has become an excellent tool for the treatment of these patients in specific conditions.

Objective: Describe the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients and the final outcomes in patients with positive ANCAS vasculitis that required therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE).

Materials and methods: All patients under 18 years old with positive ANCAS vascultiis that required TPE where included during the period of May 2010 and December 2013.

Results: 13 patients where treated, with a total of 73 TPE sessions. The average age was 52,3 years (Range 17 to 70). The principal diagnosis for interventions was rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis (RPGN) plus alveolar hemorrhage (63%). The average number of sessions per patient was 5,6 (range 1 a 10) with an average of plasma volume exchange per session of 1,26 (range 0.72 a 1,56). Of the 13 patients, 11 (84,6%) required renal replacement therapy (RRT) during hospitalization. At discharge, 36.3% recover the renal function, 27% continue on RRT and 36,3% died. There was at least one complication in 6,8% of all sessions.

Conclusions: TPE is an excellent tool to treat patients with positive ANCAS vasculitis that present with RPGN, high levels of serum creatinine or dialysis need, or alveolar hemorrhage. This is a safe procedure with comparable results according to International literature.
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