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BACKGROUND Lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) hyperlipoproteinemia is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which is not affected by treatment of other cardiovascular risk factors. This study sought to assess the effect of chronic lipoprotein apheresis (LA) on the incidence of cardiovascular events in patients with progressive cardiovascular disease receiving(More)
Recent studies suggest that leukocytapheresis with Cellsorba is a valuable therapy for ulcerative colitis after failure of conventional treatment. In this study the potential of leukocytapheresis to induce remission in refractory chronic colitis under the conditions of European treatment guidelines was investigated. The therapeutic benefit of(More)
Idiopathic sudden hearing loss (ISHL) has been suggested to precipitate as final common pathway of microcirculatory impairment of the inner ear associated with a variety of etiologies and characterized by a local hyperviscosity syndrome in cochlear vessels. Therefore, we investigated the effect of Rheopheresis, a method of therapeutic apheresis reducing(More)
In multiple sclerosis relapses refractory to intravenous corticosteroid therapy, plasma exchange is recommended. Immunoadsorption (IA) is regarded as an alternative therapy, but its efficacy and putative mechanism of action still needs to be established. We prospectively treated 11 patients with multiple sclerosis who had optical neuritis and fulfilled the(More)
Rheopheresis is a specific application of membrane differential filtration, synonymous with double filtration plasmapheresis for extracorporeal hemorheotherapy, eliminating an exactly defined spectrum of high molecular weight proteins from human plasma (e.g.: fibrinogen, alpha-2-macroglobulin, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, IgM). This results in the(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment modalities of renal replacement therapy differ in their diffusive and convective mass transfer characteristics. It was the goal of this study to clarify whether an increase in convective mass transfer as performed with haemofiltration (HF) and haemodiafiltration (HDF) in comparison with high-flux haemodialysis (HD) is associated with an(More)
BACKGROUND Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) is supposed to be advantageous compared to unfractionated heparin for chronic hemodialysis (HD) with respect to lipid and bone metabolism, polymorphonuclear cell stimulation, induction of antibody-mediated thrombocytopenia, and aldosterone suppression. Due to longer biological half-life, LMWH offers the(More)
The primary goals are to provide a comprehensive explanation of the potential role of therapeutic apheresis in the treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Initial clinical results with this technique and a summary of current literature that addresses the mechanism of action for the Rheopheresis approach are presented. Rheopheresis has been(More)
BACKGROUND Choroidal microcirculation is impaired in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and leads to deposition of lipids and proteins in Bruch's membrane. Rheophoresis can improve choroidal microcirculation by eliminating high molecular weight, rheologically relevant plasma proteins. The objective of this post-certification study was to analyse the(More)
The purpose of establishing the RheoNet registry was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of rheopheresis, a specific method of therapeutic apheresis used to treat microcirculatory disorders. Apheresis centers providing rheopheresis therapy and physicians caring for the underlying disease were asked to participate in the registry, and the registry data were(More)