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My mother has developed antiphospholipid syndrome. What is it exactly?
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Dr. Byron Hapner
Obstetrics & Gynecology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Autoimmune problem
With apa-s, the immune system produces antibodies against normal proteins in the body.
Most importantly, blood clots can form in the legs and lungs, and there is a higher risk of strokes. As a gynecologist, I have concerns regarding a higher risk of miscarriages and stillbirths. Treatment centers on preventing a clot or treating one if it already exists.

In brief: Autoimmune problem
With apa-s, the immune system produces antibodies against normal proteins in the body.
Most importantly, blood clots can form in the legs and lungs, and there is a higher risk of strokes. As a gynecologist, I have concerns regarding a higher risk of miscarriages and stillbirths. Treatment centers on preventing a clot or treating one if it already exists.
Dr. Byron Hapner
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Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Clot + blood test
Antiphospholipid syndrome is caused by a reaction between the immune system and a person's tissues which forms a blood clot in either an artery or vein.
Diagnosis is made based on a clot and a positive blood test (anticardiolipin, lupus anticoagulant, b2-glycoprotein, rarely others). A "lacey" rash called livedo can occur. Clots cause miscarriages, strokes, heart attacks or deep vein thrombosis.

In brief: Clot + blood test
Antiphospholipid syndrome is caused by a reaction between the immune system and a person's tissues which forms a blood clot in either an artery or vein.
Diagnosis is made based on a clot and a positive blood test (anticardiolipin, lupus anticoagulant, b2-glycoprotein, rarely others). A "lacey" rash called livedo can occur. Clots cause miscarriages, strokes, heart attacks or deep vein thrombosis.
Dr. Angus Worthing
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