Aquapheresis is a treatment done to remove extra water from the body that is causing problems for one or more organs. First, a soft plastic tube, called a catheter, is placed in one of your child’s large veins. The aquapheresis machine pulls blood through the catheter, takes out the excess water in the blood, and returns the blood back to your child. Occasionally, a special solution may be used to cleanse the blood as it returns to the child in order to remove any “bad” substances, and replace them with “good” substances needed by the body. This is called “modified” aquapheresis.
This therapy may help relieve problems with one or more organs in the body caused by having too much water, or too many “bad” substances. Children may be able to breathe better, or have less stress on their heart once the water is removed.