On Oct 11, 2007 I returned from the hospital after having plasmapheresis. My treatment consisted of five treatments, every other day. I was in the hospital 15 days in total. The first 4 days in ICU with a fluid-on-the-lung MG crisis, got in the room late one afternoon, started the treatment the second day after. Each treatment took about 3 hours total and some improvement was noted the day after each treatment. Real improvement noticed after the third
treatment. I was released from the hospital about 4 hours following the last treatment. I’m currently on Mestinon 4 times a day and 60 mg prednisone once
a day. Started physical therapy today to try to get some strength and tone back.
The “pheresis” team said the treatment should provide continued improvement for several weeks. Re-treatment, if necessary, usually occurs six to twelve months out. They didn’t provide any stats on how many returned or what the chances were. I hope never to have to return!