Baskent University Hospital Publish a Retrospective Study on Their Experience With Therapeutic Plasma Exchange and Other Treatment Options in Patients With Guillain- Barré Syndrome

Nov 10, 2015, 08:00 ET from

LONDON, November 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

- European Neurological Review, the peer-reviewed journal, has published a review highlighting the benefits on Patients with Guillain-Barré Syndrome Treated with Therapeutic Plasma Exchange and Other Treatment Options - A Centre's Experience

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Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) has been shown to hasten recovery in Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). In this study, the objective was to show the outcome of disability grade in a retrospective analysis of data of clinical experience of TPE using the COBE Spectra Apheresis system and other treatment options in selected patients from a series of 56 patients with GBS at a single treatment centre in Turkey. Ten patients had the acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) subtype; 46 had the acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (AIDP) subtype of GBS. Three hundred and eighteen TPE procedures were performed taking 2 to 3 hours: in 6.3 % of them a peripheral catheter was used; in 93.7 % of them a central catheter was used. Replacement fluids were fresh frozen plasma (FFP), lactated Ringer's solution or 3 % hydroxyethyl starch (HES). Among the patients, 12 (21.4 %) who had severe disease course received additional treatment to TPE - this was intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) in 11 patients. One patient was treated with steroids after rheumatology consultation due to another autoimmune disease. After 2 weeks, the mean GBS disability scores had significantly decreased from 3.75±0.48 to 2.44±0.96 (p=0.0001) and mean Medical Research Council (MRC) muscle strength scores significantly increased from 2.07±0.89 to 3.54±0.88(p=0.0001). No difference in efficacy was observed between AMAN and AIDP subtypes. Adverse events occurred in 20 procedures (6.3 %) of TPE and were mostly transient hypocalcaemia and allergic reactions that did not necessitate treatment discontinuation. Difficulty in venous access was observed in 3.14 % of procedures. TPE using the COBE Spectra Apheresis system provides effective treatment of GBS with an acceptable safety profile using various replacement fluids and is an essential part of disease management. Although the benefit is controversial, other treatment options may be applied as an additional therapy in selected patients.

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