Plasmapheresis is a procedure in which the blood is purified from circulating antibodies. It is essentially a process where antibodies are filtered out from the blood. First, a long tube known as a catheter is placed in a central vein. The blood is then removed from the body, and the blood cells are subsequently separated from the plasma. Plasma is the liquid part of blood in which antibodies are found. The blood cells are then returned back to the body, along with either fresh or substitute plasma.

This procedure may be helpful if the peripheral neuropathy is caused by antibodies attacking the peripheral nerves, and if it is used quickly enough before permanent damage can occur. Filtering out these antibodies may alleviate some of the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

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