Microcirculation disturnbances

In the event of microcirculation disturbances, the blood flow in the smallest vessels is affected. The resulting inadequate supply of nutrients and oxygen will eventually lead to diseases of the affected tissue. Rheopheresis® is a plasma therapy that has been particularly developed for treating disturbances of the microcirculation. With Rheopheresis, selected substances are specifically removed from the patient's blood fluid (plasma) and thus the microcirculation is improved. 

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Rheopheresis - The purification of the blood improves microcirculation

Rheopheresis for treating dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

With Rheopheresis, microcirculation disturbances in the retina can be treated in a targeted manner. In the event of a disturbance, the blood supply of sensory cells in the eye is inadequate, which results in the oxygen supply of the cells as well as the transportation of metabolites being seriously impaired. The result: the visual function decreases.

It is the aim of Rheopheresis to increase the eyesight once again or to stabilize it over a longer period. A treatment cycle lasts ten weeks and consists of a total of eight treatments. Rheopheresis is carried out on an outpatient basis and takes about two to three hours per treatment session. 

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Rheopheresis using the Plasma separator Plasmaflo and the Rheofilter

Rheopheresis for treating sudden deafness

In acute hearing loss or sudden deafness, the function of the inner ear is usually disrupted on one side. Patients experience severe hearing impairment or hearing loss in the affected ear. A single cause for the sudden deafness is not known; for example an infection or circulation disturbances can be the trigger. The microcirculation disturbance in the inner ear also plays a role.

With Rheopheresis, microcirculation disturbances in the inner ear can be treated. Through the targeted removal of certain blood proteins, the flow characteristics of the pulse-like blood will improve. The smallest blood vessels can be supplied with blood better again. Rheopheresis has been particularly proven as an effective alternative in the case of repeated sudden deafness, if treatment with cortisone or infusion therapy does not help. It is carried out on an outpatient basis in apheresis centers or hospitals.

Other diseases which are treated with Rheopheresis

Monoclonal gammopathies are changes in the proteins of the blood plasma. It is characterized by a pathological increase of a single immunoglobulin that can lead to serious arterial and venous circulation disturbances. Examples are the IgM plasmocytome and cryoglobulinemia. A variant of Rheopheresis is used for the acute treatment of these diseases in hospitals and university hospitals. 

Further information about Rheopheresis

In principle, we recommend that you consult the doctor who is treating you.

For a better understanding of other technical terms, please also refer to our Glossary. 

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