What is the lupus anticoagulant?

Clotting antibody. The lupus anticoagulant is a phospholipid antibody that can bind to cell membranes to make them sticky and increase the risk of blood clotting. It can occur transiently as the result of infections or medicines, or it can occur as spontaneous auto-antibodies or with autoimmune diseases. It may increase the risk of infertility or recurrent miscarriages.

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What do these mean? Lupus anticoagulant weakly present at 1.30; positive ANA Test 1:40 speckled pattern; negative anticardioliptin and beta2

Not much. A weakly present lupus anticoagulant and an ANA of 1:40 are common in the general population, and usually not an indication of an autoimmune disorder. You should visit with the physician who ordered these tests to review them with you however. A test alone does not give any answers. Doctors will need both a patient's history and tests to determine further management. Read more...

Can you explain what a positive test for lupus anticoagulant means?

Autoantibodies. Your body is producing antibodies directed against its own tissues and is likely at increased risk for the development of an autoimmune disease such as lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, vitiligo, infammatory bowel dis or pernicious anemia from gastritis. Lac can cause clotting disorders and miscariages, but is not in and of itself an important predictor of clinical outcomes. Read more...

What diseases r associated with lupus anticoagulant. Suffer from debilitating fatigue.?

Miscarriages et al. The "lupus anticoagulant" (LA) may be associated with recurrent miscarriages , blood clots and/or an increased propensity for migraines. LA May occur in people with autoimmune disorders (such as Lupus) or infections (such as HIV) or certain medications (such as certain heart meds) or it may be present by itself. See your MD if you have any of these symptoms/conditions. Read more...

How does someone get lupus anticoagulant?

Part of lupus . You produce antibodies that can interact with the process of blood clotting to cause the blood to clot more easily than normal. This is part of the immunologic abnormalities associated with lupus in some affected individuals. Read more...

How many lupus anticoagulant tests are there?

many. There are tests for 3 forms of anticardiolipin antibodies, 3 forms of antiphospholipid antibodies, russell viper coagulation test and tests for specific components of coagulation and general tests (e.g., prothrombin time). Read more...

Do people with lupus have the lupus anticoagulant?

Not necessarily. Although many people with lupus have lupus anticoagulant not all do. And most people with lupus anticoagulant do not have lupus. Patients with lupus are more likely to develop the lupus anticoagulant than the general population so it is one "marker" for the disease. Read more...
Not all. Depending on the study, 10-65% of patients with lupus will have the lupus anti-coagulant that can contribute to a pro-thrombotic state. Read more...

What medicine do I take for the lupus anticoagulant?

None. Lac is a laboratory finding of uncertain clinical significance. It predisposes to the development of autoimmune diseases such as lupus erythematosus, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, thyroiditis, inflammatory bowel disease, type i diabetes mellitus and addison's disease. If your rheumatologist has diagnosed you with a particular disorder, medications may be warranted on a clinical basis - not for lac. Read more...