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I have mild SLE (no organ involvement), only on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). No antiphospholipid antibodies, high BP or f. history of blood clots. Is birth control safe?

I have mild SLE (no organ involvement), only on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). No antiphospholipid antibodies, high BP or f. history of blood clots. Is birth control safe?

Probably safe: Per Uptodate Oral contraceptives containing low levels of estrogen are probably safe in patients with mild well-controlled SLE. Avoid use in pts with with increased risks of clotting. Patients with anti phospholipid antibodies, nephrotic syndrome, hx of thrombophlebitis, CAD, migraines, smokers. uncontrolled HTN. Of course weigh the risks and benefits with your personal Doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: antiphospholipid antibodies?

What is the definition or description of: antiphospholipid antibodies?

Auto-antibodies:: Our immune system is programmed to reject foreign protein, and to accommodate our own. In autoimmune diseases like lupus, the genetic program goes into disarray, and starts fighting our personal protein. One such protein is phospholipid and antiphospholipid antibodies can result in blood clotting (thrombosis), fetal death, and destruction of platelets causing bleeding (antiphospholipid antibody sy. ...Read more

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How come some people produce antiphospholipid antibodies ?

How come some people produce antiphospholipid antibodies ?

Miscarriage: Apa, along with lupus anti-coagulant antibody, are two antibodies that attack the areas in the cell wall of growing tissue, especially the fast-growing placental tissue of an early pregnancy. These are newly-discovered causes for recurrent miscarriage, and are usually treated with Heparin injections and Aspirin during pregnancy. The reason for producing these antibodies is not really known. ...Read more

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Does anyone know about antiphospholipid antibodies or ever heard of it?

Miscarriage: Apa, along with lupus anti-coagulant antibody, are two antibodies that attack the areas in the cell wall of growing tissue, especially the fast-growing placental tissue of an early pregnancy. These are newly-discovered causes for recurrent miscarriage, but also place the patient at higher risk for developing a blood clot, especially with hormone use, later in life. ...Read more

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Is there any natural way to treat antiphospholipid antibodies? I am 50 years old, have been on Coumadin (warfarin) since 44 and do not want to keep taking it.

Is there any natural way to treat antiphospholipid antibodies?  I am 50 years old, have been on Coumadin (warfarin) since 44 and do not want to keep taking it.

No: There are no known effective "natural" treatments for this disorder. Please discuss the issue with your doctor to re-evaluate the treatment as newer "blood thinners" have become available. Do not discontinue Coumadin (warfarin) without consulting your doctor. ...Read more

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Is splenectomy in patient with elevated Antiphospholipid antibodies a high risk procedure?

Is splenectomy in patient with elevated  Antiphospholipid antibodies a high risk procedure?

Relative risk: The procedure carries a higher risk for a person with the antibody, than one without it. However, you should discuss it with your surgeon and the added risk could be mitigated by timely anti-coagulant treatment. You may consult this site for info on this topic. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/aps/ ...Read more

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Adult patients with ITP coexist with elevated antiphospholipid antibodies that have splenectomy,do they need to take heparin or warfarin for life time?

Adult patients with ITP coexist with elevated antiphospholipid antibodies that have splenectomy,do they need to take heparin or warfarin for life time?

Generally : May need anticoagulant. They also may need to be maintained on higher platelet to minimize the adverse effects of anticoagulants. This has to be discussed with the treating hematologist ...Read more

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I have mild SLE (no organ involvement), only on Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). No antiphospholipid antibodies, high BP or f. history of blood clots. Is birth control safe?

Probably safe: Per Uptodate Oral contraceptives containing low levels of estrogen are probably safe in patients with mild well-controlled SLE. Avoid use in pts with with increased risks of clotting. Patients with anti phospholipid antibodies, nephrotic syndrome, hx of thrombophlebitis, CAD, migraines, smokers. uncontrolled HTN. Of course weigh the risks and benefits with your personal Doctor. ...Read more

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I have antiphospholipid antibodies greater than 150, false positive syphilis, positive ana, mouth sores and joint pain. I think lupus? Dr thinks ra.

I have antiphospholipid antibodies greater than 150, false positive syphilis, positive ana, mouth sores and joint pain.  I think lupus? Dr thinks ra.

Need more tests: Would need results of more antibody testing including rheumatoid factor, anti smith and anti double stranded dna. There are also "overlap" syndromes that have characteristics of more than one autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is antiphospholipid antibody test?

Auto-antibody: Antiphospholipid antibodies affect clotting of blood and cause clots to form in blood vessels. There is more than one type of test for these, one is a type of test for syphilis and others test for effects on clotting. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/antiphospholipid-syndrome/ds00921. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of antiphospholipid antibody syndrome?

Antiphospholipid Ab: Antiphospholipid syndrome is a disorder in which your immune system mistakenly produces antibodies against certain normal proteins in your blood. Antiphospholipid syndrome can cause blood clots to form within your arteries or veins as well as pregnancy complications, such as miscarriages and stillbirths. ...Read more

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What is antiphospholipid antibody test? And why would anybody need one?

Miscarriage: Apa, along with lupus anti-coagulant antibody, are two antibodies that attack the areas in the cell wall of growing tissue, especially the fast-growing placental tissue of an early pregnancy. These are newly-discovered causes for recurrent miscarriage, and are usually treated with Heparin injections and Aspirin during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How many people in america suffer from antiphospholipid antibody syndrome?

1 -- 5%: Apa, along with lupus anti-coagulant antibody, are two antibodies that attack the areas in the cell wall of growing tissue, especially the fast-growing placental tissue of an early pregnancy. It is estimated that 1-5% of the american population has apa syndrome. ...Read more

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The antiphospholipid antibody syndrome is antibodies associated with what problem?

Miscarriage: Apa, along with lupus anti-coagulant antibody, are two antibodies that attack the areas in the cell wall of growing tissue, especially the fast-growing placental tissue of an early pregnancy. These are newly-discovered causes for recurrent miscarriage, and are usually treated with Heparin injections and Aspirin during pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long can you live with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome before something bad happens?

How long can you live with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome before something bad happens?

Miscarriage: Apa, along with lupus anti-coagulant antibody, are two antibodies that attack the areas in the cell wall of growing tissue, especially the fast-growing placental tissue of an early pregnancy. These are newly-discovered causes for recurrent miscarriage, but also place the patient at higher risk for developing a blood clot, especially with hormone use, later in life. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. What does that mean overall?

Miscarriage: Apa, along with lupus anti-coagulant antibody, are two antibodies that attack the areas in the cell wall of growing tissue, especially the fast-growing placental tissue of an early pregnancy. These are newly-discovered causes for recurrent miscarriage, and are usually treated with Heparin injections and Aspirin during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Does anyone have information on or personal experiences with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome?

Miscarriage: Apa, along with lupus anti-coagulant antibody, are two antibodies that attack the areas in the cell wall of growing tissue, especially the fast-growing placental tissue of an early pregnancy. These are newly-discovered causes for recurrent miscarriage, but also place the patient at higher risk for developing a blood clot, especially with hormone use, later in life. ...Read more

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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