[The Italian Registry for Therapeutic Apheresis: fifteen years of activity]

S. Passalacqua, E. Staffolani, F. Aureli, Fabio Aureli, Pietro Manuel Ferraro

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There is currently no consensus about the indications for therapeutic apheresis, also due to the lack of large clinical trials. A registry where all the data can be organized and analyzed therefore becomes a priority for all professionals involved in apheresis. The Apheresis Study Group of the Italian Society of Nephrology has instituted a registry for data collection. This report describes data collected from 1994 to 2008 by 68 units of different specialties in 15 Italian regions. Data about 29,260 treatments on 2,503 patients were recorded. Plasma exchange accounted for 43.4% of the procedures; 37% of these were performed by filtration. Plasma treatment was used in 48% of procedures, in particular with protein A immunoadsorption (11%), LDL-cholesterol apheresis by dextran sulfate adsorption (13%), and semiselective cascade or double filtration (12.5%). Cell apheresis, limited to photopheresis and leukocytapheresis, was used in 3.6% of cases, and whole blood treatment, with different techniques, in 5% of cases for the treatment of dyslipidemia, liver failure and sepsis. These procedures account for about 20% of the estimated therapeutic apheresis performed in Italy according to the national survey performed for the year 2005 by the Italian Apheresis and Cell Manipulation Society. The data collected are sufficiently informative to show a definite trend to use plasma/whole blood treatments as often as possible. The registry not only is a tool for consultation and information, but also a platform to plan and realize interdisciplinary and multicenter clinical trials.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] The Italian Registry for Therapeutic Apheresis: fifteen years of activity
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)81-89
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2009


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blood Component Removal
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Registries
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult


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