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Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), also known as Hughes syndrome for the doctor who first discovered it, is the name given to a disease which involves the immune system. Normally antibodies are good and they help fight germs or viral infections from outside, however, occasionally the immune system makes the wrong kind - a type that acts against the body itself.

 
 

It is a disorder in which the blood clotting system begins to form blood clots in the veins or arteries without obvious reason. The symptoms of Antiphospholipid Syndrome include blood clots (thromboses) in leg or arm veins and/or arteries; blood clots which travel to the lungs (pulmonary emboli); sudden loss of vision; occasional episodes of numbness, tingling, or weakness in the face or limbs; stroke; seizures; and recurrent miscarriages. All of these symptoms are the result of blood clots occurring in small to medium sized blood vessels. Most people affected with this disorder have only one or two of any of these symptoms. They are however at risk for developing additional symptoms if not treated appropriately or monitored by a physician knowledgeable about the disorder.

 
  Treatment of APS is directed at the clinical manifestations of the disease. Warfarin and aspirin are anticoagulants used to treat thrombosis. Prompt treatment is necessary because thrombi can break away from the emboli (blood vessel walls) and travel to the lungs and lodge there. Frequent follow up visits are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of these anticoagulants.  
     
  This is just a beginning to the information about this disease, I will be adding more later. Plus take a look at my APS links page for other pages to visit to find out more about this disease.  
 

 

I will also be working on my personal experience with this disease and will post it when I am done.

 
     
     
 
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