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Anaphylaxis—Also called anaphylactic shock, it is a severe allergic reaction to a foreign substance that the patient has had contact with. Penicillin is an example of a substance that causes severe allergic reactions for some people.
Antibody—Chemicals produced by the body to defend it against bacteria, viruses, or other cells foreign to the body (antigens). Each specific anti-body reacts against a specific foreign body. Anti-bodies are also termed immunoglobulins.
Autoimmune—Autoimmune refers to the body's development of intolerance of the antigens on its own cells.
Hemodialysis—A method to take out unwanted parts of the blood. The patient's blood is run through a catheter and tubing into a machine called a dialyzer, which filters out the unwanted blood component.
Plasma—Plasma makes up 50% of human blood. It is a watery fluid that carries red cells, white cells, and platelets throughout the body.
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