Reply To: new member/cidp

March 25, 2008 at 1:28 am

Hello Beth,

For treating CIDP, plasmapheresis is typically administered over the course of three to five sessions, spaced every other day. How long each session lasts depends on your weight, red blood cell count, and sex, with weight being the most important. For a fat man like me, a session lasts about 2.5 hours from beginning to end. I doubt any one session would take longer.

When I was using plasmapheresis alone, I would have five sessions over the course of nine days. I would then go fifteen days until the next round. While really frequent, it did keep me going. Now that I have added prednisone back into the mix, I have three sessions over five days, and then I go between thirty and thirty-seven days before the next round.