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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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Antiphospholipid Antibody (Definition)

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a disorder of blood coagulation related to the presence of autoantibodies called lupus anticoagulant and anticardiolipin. APS can cause blood clots, which most often occur in the deep veins of the legs, a condition called deep vein thrombosis. Blood clots can increase the risk for stroke and pulmonary embolism (clots in the lungs). Patients with APS are also at high risk for pregnancy complications, including miscarriage ...Read more


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What are the common symptoms of antiphospholipid antibody syndrome?

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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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?

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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Is gluten free the best way to eat for someone with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome?

No: Taking away gluten would do nothing for you unless you suffer from gluten intolerance. ...Read more

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How does antiphospholipid antibody syndrome cause miscarriage?

Autoimmune: Apl syndrome is an autoimmune disease in the same general catagory as lupus. It causes abnormal blood clotting , and attacks the body to disrupt normal funtion. Not only does it affect early pregnancy but women's spllens have been removed during a pregnancy to try to keep from pg loss. You need expert maternal-fetal doctor care before and during the pg! ...Read more

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How many pregnant women suffer from antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, and what is the expectancy for pregnancy outcome?

How many pregnant women suffer from antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, and what is the expectancy for pregnancy outcome?

Not common: People with this genetic disorder seem to have a higher number of miscarriages, which is what usually inspires testing for it. We treat these patients with aspirin, sometimes blood thinners and sometimes steroids. There is greater risk for prematurity and small fetuses, but under treatment, most will have successful outcomes. ...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