Dos and don'ts in diagnosing antiphospholipid syndrome.
Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2012;2012:455-9
Authors: Rand JH, Wolgast LR
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an acquired autoimmune thrombotic tendency that is identified by the presence of abnormal antiphospholipid laboratory tests in patients who have a history of vascular thrombosis and/or pregnancy complications including recurrent spontaneous miscarriages and a group of other complications due to placental insufficiency. Diagnostic testing for APS is often problematic because of many misconceptions regarding these empirically derived assays. This chapter is intended to provide hematology-oncology consultants with practical information about the uses and limitations of assays used to diagnose APS.
PMID: 23233619 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]