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Antiphospholipid syndrome

Names
 

 

 

Description

aCL syndrome
Anticardiolipin antibody syndrome
Antiphospholipid syndrome
aPL syndrome
APS
Hughes syndrome
Lupus anticoagulant syndrome

Antiphospholipid syndrome occurs when the immune system attacks some of the normal proteins in the blood. 

There's no cure for antiphospholipid syndrome, but medications can reduce the risk of blood clots.

Prevalence

Cases in the US: 144,000

Source: Journal of autoimmunity

Typical Age of onset

Childhood - Age 3
Adult - 35

Symptoms

  • Blood clots in your legs 
  • Repeated miscarriages or stillbirths. 
  • Stroke
  • Rash. Some people develop a red rash with a lacy, net-like pattern

Sources:  Mayo Clinic, Healthline

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