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How Plasma is Used to Treat Bleeding Disorders

October 19, 2022

Plasma is used to treat various disorders, conditions, and injuries – from bleeding caused by trauma to autoimmune disorders. Plasma is also used to treat bleeding disorders, like hemophilia. 

In this blog, we break down exactly how plasma is used to treat bleeding disorders. Keep reading to learn more! 

What Bleeding Disorders Does Plasma Treat?

Plasma is used to treat multiple bleeding disorders, including: 

  • Hemophilia A, a genetic disorder that is caused by a lack of blood clotting factor VIII. 
  • Hemophilia B, a hereditary disorder that is caused by a lack of blood clotting factor IX. 
  • Von Willebrand disease, the most common genetic blood clotting disorder. 

All of these conditions prevent blood from clotting properly to control bleeding. 

How Does Plasma Treat Bleeding Disorders? 

Blood plasma supports immune function, blood clotting, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, and blood volume. It contains important proteins that help to stop a person from excessively bleeding by aiding in the clotting process via a process known as coagulation. Plasma also helps with blood pressure and volume thanks to a key protein called albumin, which helps to maintain healthy blood pressure by preventing fluid from leaking into other areas of the body. 

For someone with hemophilia A or B, in which someone’s blood doesn’t clot properly, seemingly insignificant cuts and scrapes can be life threatening without coagulation therapy, which is made from donated plasma. 

Individuals with Von Willebrand disease also require plasma for their treatments. 

How You Can Help 

Evidently, source plasma plays an important part in treating patients with bleeding disorders. It is also used to treat over 80 immune conditions and autoimmune diseases. 

Patients who require plasma-protein therapies need donors like you to show up consistently and donate quality plasma! At Canadian Plasma Resources, you also get the unique opportunity to earn up to $400/month. Book a plasma donation appointment at a centre near you to help others while also supplementing your income.