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We found 9 providers matching therapeutic apheresis and who accept Humana Platinum HMO near Kansas City, KS.

Dr. Mazen Mohammad Chaab Dimachkie, MD
Specializes in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology
3599 Rainbow Boulevard; # Ms 2012
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Mazen Dimachkie sees patients in Kansas City, KS. His medical specialties are neuromuscular medicine and neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Dr. Dimachkie is a graduate of American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His clinical interests include facial problems, myasthenia gravis, and myositis. He honors United Healthcare Choice, United Healthcare HSA, and Humana HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Dimachkie (or staff) speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. Dr. Dimachkie is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , plasmapheresis

All Interests: Myositis, Electromyography, Intraoperative Monitoring, Neuromuscular Disorders, Biopsy, Facial ... (Read more)

Dr. Maureen H Sheehan, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Medical Plaza North, Lower Level 010
North Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. Maureen Sheehan's specialties are adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. Her clinical interests include bladder cancer, platelet disorders, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Sheehan's hospital/clinic affiliations include North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH), Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Sheehan completed her residency training at Butterworth Hospital. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. She has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors.

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Relevant Interests: , plasmapheresis

All Interests: Research, Urologic Cancer, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Thoracic ... (Read more)

Dr. Patrick M Moriarty, MD
Specializes in Clinical Pharmacology, Internal Medicine
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3008
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Patrick Moriarty is a clinical pharmacology specialist. His areas of expertise include atherosclerosis, high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), and metabolic syndrome. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moriarty honors. Dr. Moriarty obtained his medical school training at the University of Rome Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas. Dr. Moriarty has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. He speaks Italian. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , LDL apheresis

All Interests: Metabolic Syndrome, Clinical Trials, Chest Pain, Research, LDL Apheresis, Hypertension, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Manoj Kumar Mittal, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3599 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Manoj Mittal is a specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). He works in Kansas City, KS. His clinical interests include general neurology, myasthenia gravis, and stroke. He is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. Dr. Mittal accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He attended Maulana Azad Medical College and the University of Delhi, University College of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Kansas for residency. Dr. Mittal (or staff) speaks Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , plasmapheresis

All Interests: Syncope, Headache, General Neurology, Intraoperative Monitoring, Neuromuscular Disorders, Intensive ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard Joel Barohn, MD
Specializes in Neurology
3599 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 2012
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Richard Barohn, who practices in Kansas City, KS, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Barohn include myasthenia gravis, myositis, and neuralgia. Dr. Barohn accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Kansas City Super Doctors. Dr. Barohn is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , plasmapheresis

All Interests: Myositis, Electromyography, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular Disorders, Biopsy, Myasthenia Gravis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Aditi Gupta, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3002, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Aditi Gupta sees patients in Wichita, KS and Kansas City, KS. Her medical specialty is adult nephrology. Dr. Gupta (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. Her clinical interests include polycystic kidney disease, glomerulonephritis, and transplant procedures. She is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. She attended Government Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Westchester Medical Center and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Gupta is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , plasmapheresis

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Transplant Procedures, Renal Vascular Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Lee R Rosterman, DO
Specializes in Neurology
3599 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Lee Rosterman practices neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). These areas are among his clinical interests: myasthenia gravis, stroke, and plasmapheresis. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. After completing medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Rosterman performed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Rosterman accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Relevant Interests: , plasmapheresis

All Interests: Clinical Trials, Neuromuscular Disorders, Behavior Problems, Heart Problems, Intensive Care, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amna Ilahe, MD
Specializes in Nephrology, Other
3901 Rainbow Boulevard; Ms 3002, The University of Kansas Physicians Medical Office Building
Kansas City, KS
 

Dr. Amna Ilahe specializes in nephrology (kidney disease). Areas of expertise for Dr. Ilahe include hypokalemia, polycystic kidney disease, and kidney stones. Dr. Ilahe is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. After attending Sindh Medical College for medical school, she completed her residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Ilahe (or staff) speaks Urdu. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , plasma exchange

All Interests: Polycystic Kidney Disease, Glomerulonephritis, Transplant Procedures, Plasma Exchange, Kidney ... (Read more)

Dr. David Joseph Ernst, DO
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology
2750 Clay Edwards Drive; Suite 510
Kansas City, MO
 

Dr. David Ernst specializes in adult hematology and adult oncology. His areas of expertise include the following: bladder cancer, platelet disorders, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Ernst takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Dr. Ernst attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), College of Osteopathic Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Saint Luke's North Hospital-Smithville, North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH), and Saint Luke's North Hospital-Barry Road.

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Relevant Interests: , plasmapheresis

All Interests: Urologic Cancer, Bone Cancer, Brain Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease, Liver Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, ... (Read more)

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What is Therapeutic Apheresis?

Patients who have blood disorders, certain kidney problems, metabolic disorders, or autoimmune disorders need to have components of their blood removed regularly to stay healthy. This procedure is called therapeutic apheresis. In therapeutic apheresis, the part of the blood that is causing symptoms is removed, and the remaining blood is returned to the body. While it does not cure disease, apheresis can reduce symptoms and keep patients healthier and more comfortable.

Therapeutic apheresis can be used to remove the following blood components:

  • Plasma, which is the clear fluid that makes up most of the blood. Often, removed plasma is replaced with donor plasma or saline to keep blood pressure stable.
  • Red blood cells, which cells carry oxygen. When red blood cells are removed, they are often replaced with donor cells to maintain oxygen levels.
  • White blood cells, which help fight infection. These are typically removed in patients with leukemia or patients with a high number of white blood cells.
  • Platelets, which help the blood to clot. If there are too many platelets in the blood, they are removed to avoid problems with bleeding.
In addition, apheresis is occasionally used to remove the small number of stem cells that circulate in the blood stream from bone marrow.

During the procedure, a tube is connected to a vein via a needle in the arm or, in patients who need frequent apheresis, a mainline catheter. The blood is pumped to a machine, where it spins in a centrifuge. Distinct components of blood spin to different areas on the centrifuge because of their specific characteristics, such as weight. After separation, the machine discards the targeted blood component and pumps the remaining blood back into the body.

Treatment can take several hours, and, depending on the diagnosis, may need to be repeated regularly. Apheresis is not particularly painful, but lower blood levels may cause temporary symptoms such as tingling in the fingers and toes, dizziness, or fatigue.