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What is anti-phospholipid syndrome (aps)?

What is anti-phospholipid syndrome (aps)?

Abnormal antibodies: It is the presence of one or more abnormal antibodies against your own body. It can result in thrombsis (blood clots in a blood vessel) and recurrent loss of pregnancies. It has been successfully treated resulting in full term pregnancies, but needs early diagnosis and intervention. Most would recommend you not use oral contraceptives because of risk of a blood clot. ...Read more

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Dr. Victor Beshay
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Antiphospholipid Syndrome (Definition)

Antiphospholipid antibodies are components in one's blood that can increase the risk of blood clots especially in the smallest blood vessels called capillaries. These individuals are prone to deep venous thrombosis in the leg and potentially pulmonary ...Read more


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Is there treatment for antiphospholipid syndrome?

Is there treatment for antiphospholipid syndrome?

Anticoagulation.: If you get bad blood clots from antiphospholipid syndrome, treatment with Coumadin (warfarin) or another anticoagulant might be recommended. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of antiphospholipid syndrome?

Depends: Aspirin or anticoagulants may be required. If severe, steroids, suppressive medications or intravenous gamma globulin may be required. ...Read more

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What is the possible treatment for polycystic ovarian disease. I also have gout and antiphospholipid syndrome?

What is the possible treatment for polycystic ovarian disease.  I also have gout and antiphospholipid syndrome?

Metformin.: As you may already know PCOS is often associated with insulin resistance. Many women are treated with metformin which is a diabetes drug. there are good meds for gout. Antiphospholipid syndrome is associated with blood clots which may be very dangerous. I thinkits time to see your physician who has to be very smart. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine when to use warfarin, heparin, or aspirin for the treatment of Antiphospholipid syndrome? And how long it should be?

APS: The type of anticoagulation is dependent on the severity of APS. Aspirin for all who can take it. Warfarin for recurrent DVT, stroke, thromboembolism episodes. Heparin during pregnancy and as a bridge. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of antiphospholipid syndrome that people have?

There are a few...: The criteria for the diagnosis of aps is based upon both clinical findings(what happens to you) and laboratory findings(results of blood tests). Some of the clinical findngs are a history of blood clots; fetal death over 10 weeks; delivery under 34 weeks due to preeclampsia; 3 or more recurrent miscarriages. Since aps can adversely affect a pregnancy, you need to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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When is the antiphospholipid syndrome treated with chemotherapy?

When is the antiphospholipid syndrome treated with chemotherapy?

Failure of other Tx: Apls (antiphospholipid antibody syndrome) if necessary can be treated first with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes just being on a blood thinner is enough to avoid blood clots that it can cause or miscarriages. Other treatments like Rituxan (rituximab) (antibody) have been used especially if low platelet counts are seen. If these initial tx fail, doctors may resort to chemo drugs like cyclophosphamide. ...Read more

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If I have antiphospholipid syndrome, can I donate blood?

No, maybe for self : Aps is an autoimmune disease and antibodies are present in blood. Experiments of injecting serum (blood product) from aps patients to mice caused different changes in hyperactivity compared to normal serum or placebo. Aps may not be infectious but transient systemic effects can occur because of the presence of different anti phospholipid antibodies in the blood donation. Autologous donation is ok! ...Read more

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Would someone with antiphospholipid syndrome have an increase of factor 8?

Would someone with antiphospholipid syndrome have an increase of factor 8?

Usually NOT: The mechanism of increased clotting in antiphospholipid syndrome (aps) is complex involving many levels of the clotting cascade. Although a paradoxical prolongation of the prothrombin or thromboplastin time is seen in the lab test (blood looks thinner), what happens inside the body could be the opposite - an increased risk of clotting that has nothing to do with levels of factor 8. ...Read more

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Can you take viagra (sildenafil) with coumadin/warfarin if you have antiphospholipid syndrome (aps)?

No interaction: There is no significant interaction between these two medication and so their use should be fine together...Also, viagra (sildenafil) does not last too long and so interaction, if occurring at all, should be brief. As always, use caution whenever u must/need to use multiple meds... Have fun and good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Mack Thomas
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Phospholipids (Definition)

Phospolipids are molecules that consist of at least one phospate group combined with a free fatty acid. They have many functions in the body. In the brain phosphotidyle choline and phosphtidyl serine make ...Read more