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Antiphospholipid Syndrome: Hughes' Syndrome


Authored by Dr Colin Tidy, Reviewed by Dr Adrian Bonsall on 05 Mar 2018 | Certified by The Information Standard

Antiphospholipid syndrome is sometimes called Hughes' syndrome. It is a disease that affects the blood and makes it more likely to clot than normal - a thrombophilia.


What is antiphospholipid syndrome?

What is a thrombosis?

What causes antiphospholipid syndrome?

What are the typical problems in antiphospholipid syndrome?

Types of antiphospholipid syndrome

Who develops antiphospholipid syndrome?

How is antiphospholipid syndrome diagnosed?

Who should be tested for antiphospholipid syndrome?

What is the treatment for antiphospholipid syndrome?

What is the outlook for antiphospholipid syndrome?

What else can I do?

Types of antiphospholipid syndrome

APS is divided into two types - primary and secondary:

Primary APS. More than half of people with APS have primary APS. This is APS on its own, and not associated with any other disease.

Secondary APS. This is APS that is associated with another disease, such as a rheumatic disease that affects either the bones, joints or soft tissues. An example is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or lupus). SLE seems to be the disease most commonly associated with APS. Many of the rheumatic diseases (including SLE) that are associated with APS are autoimmune diseases. This means that the immune system (which normally protects the body from infections) mistakenly attacks itself. This can cause symptoms and may damage the affected parts of the body.

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Thank you for your review! Very important to know!


I have quoted you (anonymously ie a reader from HU) on the LuPUS Message Board!