Addiction Disorders and Therapy

Therapeutic Apheresis in Alcohol Dependence Treatment

Published on: 2019-07-24

Abstract

Alcoholism, being widely spread, is not only a serious medical but also social issue. Alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis are severe complications of alcoholism. Continued alcohol intake during pregnancy causes serious complications in the fetus. Withdrawal syndrome and delirium develop when trying to cease alcohol intake, which frequently leads to lethal outcome. All of these complications are based on severe intoxication that cannot be stopped only with help of drug therapy, which requires extracorporeal detoxification, mainly plasma exchange and hemosorption.

Keywords

Alcohol dependence; alcoholic hepatitis; liver cirrhosis; abstinence syndrome; delirium; intoxication; extracorporeal detoxification; plasmapheresis; hemosorption