Second regional plasmapheresis conference and workshop for Southeast Asia (SEA) on the immunomodulatory role of plasma exchange in central and peripheral nervous system disorders, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9th December 2017

Shanthi Viswanathan, Stefanie Kar Yan Hung, Vinay Goyal, Metha Apiwattanakul, Umapathi N. Thirugnanam, Suhailah Abdullah, Seinn Mya Mya Aye, Ohnmar Ohnmar, Le Tri Si, Saysavath Keosodsay, Riwanti Estiasari, Najib Khalife, Fu Liong Hiew

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Abstract

In December 2017, 79 delegates attended the 2nd regional plasmapheresis conference and workshop for Southeast Asia (SEA) on the immunomodulatory role of plasma exchange in central and peripheral nervous system disorders in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This meeting featured 6 plenary lectures, interactive sessions dedicated for experience sharing, case presentations, and a practical session for paramedics. Clinical experts and researchers from 7 SEA countries and India shared experience and challenges in treating autoimmune neurological disorders. While the spectrum of diseases and neurology practice remained largely similar, there was great disparities in accessibility of therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) within SEA countries and between urban or rural settings. Costs, human resources, and healthcare policies are common challenges in providing sustainable TPE services. Novel techniques and innovative ideas in performing TPE were explored. A working consortium comprising of key opinion leaders was proposed to improve standards of TPE and enhance future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-568
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Apheresis
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Southeast Asia
  • central nervous system demyelination
  • immunomodulatory therapy
  • peripheral nervous system demyelination
  • therapeutic plasma exchange

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