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Photopheresis – a short overview

The treatment of photopheresis (also known as extracorporeal photopheresis or ECP) is a therapy where the patient’s white blood cells (buffy coat) are collected by an apheresis system, treated with a photosensitizer / photoactivator and subsequently being irradiated with UVA light in the therapy system.


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The procedure itself has been developed by Dr. Richard Edelson in 1987 and was introduced to the medical experts in the New England Journal of Medicine¹. The first medical equipment for photopheresis was commerically introduced by Therakos Inc.
Med Tech Solutions GmbH developed an own 2-Step-System for ECP in 2004.
Nowadays photopheresis is frequently used to treat different auto immune diseases, mainly GvHD, CTLC and SOT.

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¹Edelson, R., Berger, C., Gasparro, F., et al. (1987): “Treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma by extracorporeal photochemotherapy. Preliminary results.” New England Journal of Medicine Feb. 5th 1987; 316(6); 297-303.