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Extracorporeal photopheresis

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by user9876, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. user9876

    user9876 Senior Member

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    I came across this technique recently and thought it might interest people here since it is aimed at immune mediated diseases.Or to be more accurate t-cell lymphoma and graft vs host disease, there seems to have been some work in autoimmune disease as well but I've not managed to track down papers yet. I don't think i've seen it discussed here.

    I thought what was interesting is that they talk of chaning ratios of different parts of the immune system and the effects that treating around 10% of cells seems to have on the rest.

    For example

    and
    As I understand it the technique it involves taking blood out, separating out the t-cells via a centrafuse treating them with UV light and a chemical then putting them back.

    A couple of papers

    http://www.nature.com/bmt/journal/v29/n9/full/1703529a.html
    http://bloodjournal.hematologylibrary.org/content/112/4/1515.full

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