leucapheresis


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leuk·a·phe·re·sis

(lū'kă-fĕr-ē'sis)
A procedure, analogous to plasmapheresis, in which leukocytes are removed from the withdrawn blood and the remainder of the blood is retransfused into the donor.
Synonym(s): leucapheresis.
[leuko- + G. aphairesis, a withdrawal]

leucapheresis

A method of harvesting white cells from a compatible donor for the treatment of uncontrollable infection in a patient with acute LEUKAEMIA. White cells for this purpose can be obtained from patients with chronic granulocytic leukaemia.
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