Severe staphylococcal infection with pneumonia treated by plasmapheresis and plasma exchange. A preliminary report
CITATION: King, J.B. , De Vaal, J.B. 1980. Severe staphylococcal infection with pneumonia treated by plasmapheresis and plasma exchange. A preliminary report. South African Medical Journal, 22 November: 849-854.
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Three cases of extremely severe staphylococcal infection are reported. All 3 patients were treated by plasmapheresis and fresh plasma or fresh-frozen plasma replacement, and all made a steady recovery. In all 3 cases blood culture for Staphylococcus aureus was positive, 1 patient had osteitis, and 1 signs of spinal cord compression by an infectious process (an abscess). It is thought that the above-mentioned procedures may offer a useful additional line of therapy for desperately ill patients with staphylococcus infections.