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How is antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) diagnosed?

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Just having the antibodies doesn’t mean that you have APS -- you also must have some of the health problems related to it. Most cases of APS are diagnosed after a clotting incident or a series of miscarriages.

If your doctor suspects APS, you have to take two blood tests. One or both of them has to be positive. And you have to be tested twice at least 12 weeks apart in order to confirm an APS diagnosis.

From: What Is Antiphospholipid Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

APS Foundation of America: “Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What is Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

APS Foundation of America: “Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Antiphospholipid Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 16, 2018

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