R Forastiero
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by the presence of aPL and thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity. The last APS laboratory classification criteria include the presence of at least one of the antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) [lupus anticoagulant (LA), anticardiolipin (aCL) and/or anti-β2 glycoprotein I antibodies (aβ2GPI)] and introduced the concept of subclassification of APS patients into two different categories of aPL assay positivity (combination or single aPL). Several studies have recently shown that the risk for thrombosis increases with each additional aPL detected...
October 2014: Lupus
Bill Giannakopoulos, Steven A Krilis
This article discusses how we approach medical decision making in the treatment of the various facets of the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), including secondary prophylaxis in the setting of venous and arterial thrombosis, as well as treatment for the prevention of recurrent miscarriages and fetal death. The role of primary thromboprophylaxis is also discussed in depth. Great emphasis is given to incorporating the most up-to-date and relevant evidence base both from the APS literature, and from large, recent, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of primary and secondary thrombotic prophylaxis in the general population setting (ie, the population that has not been specifically investigated for APS)...
September 3, 2009: Blood
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