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Leukapheresis is a laboratory procedure for separating white blood cells from a sample of blood for the purposes of treatment. It can be performed to:

  • Reduce a patient's white blood cell count by separating out the cells and returning the red blood cells and plasma to the patient, for example, to treat leukemia
  • Store the white blood cells to be re-injected into the patient at a later date, for example, after chemotherapy
  • To extract white blood cells for research purposes

Leukapheresis at Wikipedia

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