Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Pregnancy

Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Pregnancy

Topic Overview

Antiphospholipid syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease that has been closely linked to some cases of recurrent miscarriage . Antiphospholipid syndrome increases blood clotting and can cause dangerous blood clots (thrombosis) and circulatory problems. For some women, the only sign of this condition is an early miscarriage, a later-pregnancy loss related to a poorly functioning placenta , or preeclampsia .

Women with antiphospholipid syndrome are treated during pregnancy with blood-thinning medicines (heparin, aspirin, or both) to prevent clotting problems and pregnancy loss.

Other types of blood-clotting disorders (thrombophilias) can cause similar pregnancy problems. Your doctor can test for various blood-clotting disorders.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerFemi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last RevisedFebruary 1, 2013

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