What are special considerations for pediatric patients undergoing plasmapheresis?

Updated: Mar 08, 2021
  • Author: Elliot Stieglitz, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Magnesium is not always given prophylactically, though the decision is physician-dependent. [20]

If a patient weighs less than 20 kg, the draw and return tubing are primed with packed RBCs instead of normal saline.

Return rates of blood product are on the order of 1.5 mL/kg/min, as opposed to the standard 70 mL/min flat rate used in adults. [21]


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