Plasma Exchange, Artificial Lung May Boost Survival in Severe AAV

Plasma Exchange, Artificial Lung May Boost Survival in Severe AAV

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Plasma Exchange, Artificial Lung May Boost Survival in Severe AAV

Plasma exchange and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO — the use of an artificial lung — are two interventions that may benefit patients with severe ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) linked with pulmonary hemorrhage, a potentially life-threatening condition in which blood starts to build up in the lungs, a case study reports. For a 56-year-old white man in the U.K., such interventions “provided time for life-saving treatments,” his team wrote. Following nine days on ECMO, the patient…

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