Some medicines that are indispensable for the survival and well-being of numerous patients can only be made from human plasma. In its natural form or in the form of medicines, plasma is used to treat a large number of pathologies.
• Primary immunodeficiency (present in those affected from birth): lack or absence of immune defences, which makes patients extremely susceptible to all kinds of infection (constant ear infections, sinus infections and bouts of pneumonia, blood and skin infections, severe or even lethal organ damage, etc.).
• Secondary immunodeficiency (which occurs in the course of life): immune system dysfunction due to external factors (virus infections, chemotherapy, etc.) or auto-immune diseases.
Coagulation factors: bleeding disorders (haemophilia, etc.).
Albumin: haemorrhaging, major burns, surgical operations, etc.
Needless to say this list is not exhaustive. In addition to the above examples, plasma and plasma derivatives are used to deal with many other pathologies.