AMA CPT® Assistant - 2009 Issue 9 (September)

Therapeutic Apheresis: Codes 36511-36522 (September 2009)

September 2009 pages 3-4 Therapeutic Apheresis: Codes 36511-36522 Therapeutic apheresis describes a group of procedures in which the blood of a patient is processed using an apparatus that separates and removes one or more blood constituents and returns the treated blood to the circulation. Examples include the treatment of acute Guillain-Barré syndrome by plasma exchange (ie, "plasma pheresis") and treatment of sickle cell anemia by red blood cell exchange (erythrocytapheresis). Apheresis technologies employ various means to separate specific blood constituents from whole blood, including centrifugation, selective adsorption, and filtration. The purpose of this article is to clarify the correct...

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