If you read our earlier post about International Plasma Awareness Week, you'll know that here at B Positive we are so excited that we are celebrating the whole month of October with International Plasma Awareness Month – IPAM!*
Our last article summarized plasma protein therapies for bleeding disorders, hereditary angiodema, and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy – in this post, we'll focus on how your donation goes to additional therapies for primary immune deficiencies, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and some rare neurological disorders!
PRIMARY IMMUNE DEFICIENCIES
Primary immune deficiencies are genetic, chronic disorders in which the body is missing important components so that its immune system can function properly. There are more than 300 primary immune diseases, and they can affect anyone at any stage of life. When your healthy plasma is introduced to the bloodstream of someone with a primary immune deficiency disease, their immune system is able to fight off infections and help this person feel stronger!
ALPHA-1 ANTITRYSPIN DEFICIENCY
In healthy people, alpha-1 antitrypsin is a protein produced by the liver and travels through your body to protect your organs from harmful foreign bodies, particularly the lungs. Alpha-1 antitrypsin isn't exactly a deficiency of this protein, rather, the liver instead churns out misshapen proteins that can't travel well throughout the body. Unfortunately, this means that alpha-1 antitrypsin can't protect the organs, and people who suffer from the deficiency are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer. The alpha-1 antitrypsin proteins present in your healthy plasma will lower this risk for people suffering with this disease!
RARE NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS
There are several brain disorders, including Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, in which plasma protein therapies can delay or erase symptoms. Most of these diseases have a rapid destruction rate, so people who suffer from them are dependent on plasma protein therapy and receive it often to feel well.
Your blood plasma donations matter immensely– every person suffering from any of these diseases needs hundreds of treatments in a lifetime!
PR Newswire. (October 13, 2017). "Rep. Matsui recognizes international plasma awareness week". Accessed October 19, 2017. Accessed at: https://www.thestreet.com/story/14341953/1/rep-matsui-recognizes-international-plasma-awareness-week.html
*For B Positive Plasma social media and blog post purposes only. International Plasma Awareness is still only celebrated one week annually and does not last the month of October.
Did you know that B Positive Plasma is paying $20 referral bonuses all month long for each referred new donor who completes their first donation? Learn more at www.myplasmacenter.com.