What is Antiphospholipid Syndrome?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), sometimes referred to as antiphospholipid antibody syndrome or Hughes syndrome, is a disorder of the immune system that causes an increased risk of blood clots. People living with Antiphospholipid Syndrome are at risk of developing conditions such as arterial thrombosis, deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in the brain.
With Antiphospholipid syndrome, the immune system produces abnormal antibodies called antiphospholipid antibodies. These target proteins attached to fat molecules (phospholipids), which makes the blood more likely to clot.
Antiphospholipid syndrome can be primary or secondary. Primary antiphospholipid syndrome occurs in the absence of any other related disease. Secondary antiphospholipid syndrome occurs with other autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In rare cases, APS leads to rapid organ failure due to generalized thrombosis; this is termed “catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome” (CAPS) and is associated with a high risk of death.
It’s not known what causes the immune system to produce abnormal antibodies. As with other autoimmune conditions, genetic, hormonal and environmental factors are thought to play a part.
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