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    ABSTRACT: Hypertriglyceridemia (hyperTG) is a common form of dyslipidemia and is frequently associated with premature coronary disease, and when severe, recurrent events of pancreatitis may occur. The management of hyperTG is generally medical (life style modification, medications). Plasma exchange (PE) has been reported to be useful in emergency situations particularly when acute pancreatitis results from extreme hyperTG. To our knowledge, there is only one report on long-term use of PE for hyperTG. We here report our results of long-term treatment of hyperTG in 6 patients with Frederickson Type V hyperlipidemia who had recurrent attacks of pancreatitis due to hyperTG refractory to medical therapy. PE was performed from one to eight times a month, mostly using a Cobe Spectra apparatus. In total, our center has performed a total of 1,593 PE sessions for hyperTG. There were no safety issues associated with PE for hyperTG other than occasional access problems (clotted fistula, IV access problems). Determination of plasma TG levels before and after PE demonstrated high efficiency of TG removal (42% to 58% reduction). There was marked clinical improvement in recurrent pancreatitis; patients had a major decrease in episodes (39% to 100%) while on regular PE, as long as they adhered to the treatment schedule. We conclude that long-term PE for hyperTG, while costly, is feasible and safe and may reduce recurrent attacks of pancreatitis.
    Journal of Clinical Apheresis 11/2009; 24(6):254-8. · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lawsone (2-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone) is the active ingredient of Lawsonia alba, whose crushed leaves are known as henna, used as a hair and skin dye in many parts of the world. Accidental or deliberate ingestion of Lawsone has a high mortality rate (up to 31%) owing to rhabdomyolysis and renal failure. The authors report the first successful use of plasmapheresis as an adjunct to the treatment of these symptoms in a 69-year-old man who suffered severe symptoms of Lawsone poisoning due to inadvertent ingestion. Although most cases reported in the literature have been treated using supportive techniques, including hemodialysis, the high mortality despite these measures suggests that prompt plasma exchange may be a lifesaving technique for this syndrome.
    Journal of Clinical Apheresis 02/2007; 22(4):243-5. · 2.27 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Low density lipoprotein apheresis is used as a complementary method for treating hypercholesterolemic patients who cannot reach target LDL-cholesterol levels on conventional dietary and drug treatment. The DALI system (direct absorption of lipoproteins) is the only extracorporeal LDL-removing system compatible with whole blood. To describe our one year experience using the DALI system. LDL apheresis was used in 13 patients due to inability to reach target LDL-C levels on conventional treatment. They included seven patients with familial hypercholesterolemia, three who had adverse reactions to statins, and three patients with ischemic heart disease who did not reach LDL-C target level on medical treatment. The average triglyceride, total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein-C and LDL-C levels before and after treatment in all patients were: 170 +/- 113 vs. 124 +/- 91, 269 +/- 74 vs. 132 +/- 48, 42 +/- 8 vs. 37 +/- 7.9, and 196 +/- 77 vs. 80 +/- 52 mg/dl, respectively. Comparing the results of a subgroup of seven patients who had previously been treated with plasma exchange, it is noteworthy that while the reduction in triglyceride, total cholesterol and LDL-C are comparable, the effect on HDL-C concentration was less apparent: from an average of 39.7 +/- 8.7 and 23 +/- 5.7 mg/dl before and after plasma exchange to an average of 43.9 +/- 8.1 and 38.4 +/- 7 mg/dl before and after LDL apheresis, respectively. Five patients developed treatment-related adverse events: three experienced allergic reactions manifested as shortness of breath, urticaria and facial flushing; one patient developed rhabdomyolysis, an adverse reaction that was not reported previously as a result of LDL apheresis; and one patient had myopathy with back pain. All untoward effects occurred during the first few treatment sessions. LDL apheresis using the DALI system is highly efficacious for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. It is associated with a significant number of side effects occurring during the first treatment sessions. In patients not experiencing adverse effects in the early treatment period, it is well tolerated and can provide remarkable clinical benefit even after short-term therapy.
    The Israel Medical Association journal: IMAJ 10/2002; 4(9):677-80. · 0.98 Impact Factor