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Antiphospholipid Syndrome (cont.)

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What is catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome?

Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) is a variant of antiphospholipid syndrome that is characterized by blockage of many blood vessels throughout the body. As a result of catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome, many organs can be affected, including the skin, lungs, brain, heart, kidneys, and bowels. Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome is treated with anticoagulation, corticosteroids (cortisone medication), and plasmapheresis (plasma exchange).

Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome is rare. Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome is sometimes referred to as Asherson's syndrome after the researcher who described it in the early 1990s.

Medically reviewed by David Hoffman, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialties in Oncology and Hematology

REFERENCES:

Bucciarelli S., et al. Mortality in the Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Arthritis & Rheumatism 2006;2568-76.

Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, W B Saunders Co, edited by Shaun Ruddy, et al., 2000.

American College of Rheumatology, Annual Scientific Meeting; November, 2006, 2007.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/10/2014

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