No doubt many of you will have been confused by the bewildering array of names for Hughes Syndrome ...
Currently, buzzing around are: the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS); the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (AAS); the lupus anticoagulant syndrome (LAS); the anticardiolipin antibody syndrome and, not forgetting, good old 'sticky blood'.
One thing is for certain that when you go to be tested, they are looking for antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). As the condition is so new, the name has its own kind of energy amongst international researchers and clinicians and hasn't yet settled.
For the time being, we will stay with Hughes Syndrome named after the doctor who was leading the team who first described it in 1983, but hope this doesn't add to the confusion!
I should imagine in a few years from now, there will have been some international standardisation and we can finally all agree on one name.