When is anesthesia indicated in plasmapheresis?

Updated: Mar 08, 2021
  • Author: Elliot Stieglitz, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Anesthesia is occasionally used during central line placement in preparation for plasmapheresis if the patient does not already have a central line. However, anesthesia is rarely used during the plasmapheresis session itself. In pediatrics, opioids such as morphine and benzodiazepines such as lorazepam are occasionally used for temporary pain relief and anxiety control, respectively.


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