Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome is a disease that affects the small vessels, or tubes that carry blood, found in your body. Although the precise cause of this disorder is not fully understood, trauma, infection, and surgery have been identified as potential triggers of the condition. Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome can cause blockages in the vessels within the body, leading to symptoms such as chest and abdominal pain and bluish coloring of the skin (cyanosis). This condition is diagnosed based on blood tests (e.g. antibody levels and antiphospholipid antibody test). Treatments for Catastrophic Antiphosholipid Syndrome include the use of medications such as antibiotics, which fight infections, and anticoagulants, which work to preventing the formation of blockages in your vessels.

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