Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Pregnancy
Antiphospholipid syndrome is a rare Reference autoimmune disease Opens New Window that has been closely linked to some cases of recurrent Reference miscarriage Opens New Window. 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 Reference placenta Opens New Window, or Reference preeclampsia Opens New Window.
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.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 18, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology