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Extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) is a non-surgical procedure to treat graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD).
Your child must eat a low-fat diet the day before and the day of the ECP procedure. Eating a high-fat meal before the procedure, can keep the ECP machine from working properly.
If your child is on total parenteral nutrition (TPN) with lipids, the medical team will stop the lipids at least 1 day before the ECP procedure.
Before the ECP procedure, have your child follow a low-fat diet using the suggestions below. Follow your care team’s instructions for what your child should eat and drink and when it is OK to stop the low-fat diet.
Foods with fewer than 3 grams (g) of fat per 100 calories are considered low-fat.
Examples of low-fat foods include:
Examples of high-fat foods to avoid include:
Reviewed: September 2022