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Doctor insights on: Anticardiolipin Antibody Pregnancy

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How do you have a successful pregnancy with anticardiolipin antibody?

How do you have a successful pregnancy with anticardiolipin antibody?

High risk OB doctor: You want to be cared for by a high risk obstetrical specialist. These doctors have a lot of experience taking care of patients with this problem. You want to be a routine case, if possible, and that is more likely with a specialist. You visit them before getting pregnant. Usually Heparin and Immune Globulin treatments are used to help your body through the pregnancy in addition to good care. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Anticardiolipin antibodies--what are they and effects of pregnancy?

Anticardiolipin antibodies--what are they and effects of pregnancy?

Anticardiolipin: There is a realtionship to higher amounts of miscarriages with this antibody . About 2% to 4% of the general population has antiphospholipid antibodies, and over half of those have primary anticardiolipin (an antiphospholipid) antibody syndrome. Antiphospholipid syndrome is a factor in about 15% of women who have recurrent miscarriages. ...Read more

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I have an anticardiolipin antibody and am 4 weeks pregnant when will i need to begin taking heparin in order for my pregnancy to have the best chance?

I have an anticardiolipin antibody and am 4 weeks pregnant when will i need to begin taking heparin in order for my pregnancy to have the best chance?

Consult your OB now: Please consult your OB immediately. You should be under regular antenatal care and should have seen your OB by now, if not sooner. Decision to put you on Heparin requires more evaluation than is feasible in this forum. ...Read more

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Do you have lupus if you have anticardiolipin antibodies? What else do you look for with this?

Do you have lupus if you have anticardiolipin antibodies? What else do you look for with this?

Not necessarily: Antiphospholipid antibodies can occur where there is no underlying disease or can be associated with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other disorders. ...Read more

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What are the cuases of elevated anticardiolipin antibodies?

What are the cuases of elevated anticardiolipin antibodies?

Auto-immunity: Anticardiolipin antibodies are commonly present in systemic lupus and related disorders. These antibodies are also present due to syphilis. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc95774/. ...Read more

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What happens if you have elevated anticardiolipin antibodies?

What happens if you have elevated anticardiolipin antibodies?

Depends: Antiphospholipid syndrome(aps) is an autoimmune disorder characterized by thromboses, complications of pregnancy, and certain laboratory abnormalities. Anti-cardiolipin of the IgA isotype are not part of the laboratory criteria for aps due to lack of specificity.Consult with your doctor regarding which type of antibody was tested and significance in your clinical situation. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have elevated anticardiolipin antibodies?

It depends: Just having those antibodies may be harmless. However, they can be associated with certain diseases; cause thrombosis (occlusion) of blood vessels, reduce the number of platelets (the cells in the blood that are crucial for clotting) and bleeding in the skin. Most depends on how high the level of those antibodies is in your system. ...Read more

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Antinuclear antibody and anticardiolipin ab both positive, what are implications?

Antinuclear antibody and  anticardiolipin ab both positive, what are implications?

Connective Tissue Dx: With a positive ana, you must now characterize it. The positive anticardiolipin abs need to quatified for the 3 types: igg, igm, and iga. The ones that are likely to cause thrombotic issues are in order: igm, igg, and iga. You need a rheumatologic or immunologic evaluation. ...Read more

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How could syphilis test be negative and anticardiolipin autoantibody be positive? Do some syphilis tests only look for antibodies to t. Pallidum?

How could syphilis test be negative and anticardiolipin autoantibody be positive?  Do some syphilis tests only look for antibodies to t. Pallidum?

Different types of: Tests. There are two different types of tests, one being RPR and it has more false positives due to auto-antibodies. Tests specific for treponemal antigens are more specific. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more