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Doctor insights on: Is Ethnicity A Factor In Antiphospholipid Syndrome

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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

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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I have antiphospholipid syndrome and 10 days ago was prescribed prednisone. how can I reduce its risk factors?

I have antiphospholipid syndrome and 10 days ago was prescribed prednisone.  how can I reduce its risk factors?

Take with food!: The long-term risks of prednisone develop only after you have been taking it chronically. In the short-term, the risks are ulcers and stomach upset. Be sure to take it with food or a glass of milk! The instructions should be on the label. ...Read more

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What is antiphospholipid syndrome?

What is antiphospholipid syndrome?

Blood clots: Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) can exist on its own or in association with another autoimmune condition such as lupus. It is caused by antibodies that increase the risk of blood clots. These antibodies also interfere with routine laboratory tests of blood clotting by binding to phospholipids, hence the name. The symptoms of APS can include blood clots, Raynaud's and pregnancy loss. ...Read more

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What leads to antiphospholipid syndrome?

It can be genetic: One can inherit this syndrome, or it may arise without any apparent history or cause. It is associated with multiple medical problems, including recurrent pregnancy loss. ...Read more

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Can you explain antiphospholipid syndrome?

Can you explain antiphospholipid syndrome?

Short description: It involves arterial or venous clotting or specific pregnancy complications, with laboratory evidence of anti-phospholipid antibodies. Autoantibodies, meaning produced and directed against one's self, are to plasma proteins (many:) altering normal clotting leading to thrombus (clot) and/or pregancy complications like fetal death, recurrent early pregnancy loss, eclampsia, and others. ...Read more

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What can trigger antiphospholipid syndrome ?

What can trigger antiphospholipid syndrome ?

Lupus, stress.: Systemic lupus erythematosus, chronic/acute severe stress and genetic predisposition all conspire to lead to antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. This is a very rare but devastating disorder that can have horrible perinatal outcomes with each pregnancy. Considered an autoimmune disorder, apls may have its etiological underpinnings in maternal-fetal cell trafficking, as most autoimmune conditions. ...Read more

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Can antiphospholipid syndrome (aps) be cured?

APL syndrome : Can be controlled and any complications from apl be treated . Spontaneous remission s possible over time . Needs careful vigilance and follow up by rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Can aps (antiphospholipid syndrome) cause ed?

Yes: The following published research article reported that 50% of the patients with aps had erectile dysfunction. http://lup.sagepub.com/content/21/3/319.abstract. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is antiphospholipid syndrome?

What sort of problem is antiphospholipid syndrome?

Autoimmune: Autoimmune means your body produces antibodies - cells that attack your own body. In antiphosopholipid syndrome the antibody which is made provokes blood clots (thrombosis) in both arteries and veins as well as pregnancy-related complications such as miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery, or severe preeclampsia. ...Read more

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What can I expect from "antiphospholipid syndrome"?

Complex problems: The manifestations of aps range from having no symptoms at all to catastrophic, disastrous clotting affecting multiple organs leading to death within days. Many will present with blood clots, some with skin changes, others with low platelets or women will have repeated spontaneous miscarriages. Another autoimmune disorder may also be diagnosed such as lupus erythematosus. See:http://www.Apsfa.Org/. ...Read more