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Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Pregnancy

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Topic Overview

Antiphospholipid syndrome is a rareautoimmune diseasethat has been closely linked to some cases of recurrentmiscarriage. This syndrome increases blood clotting. It can cause dangerous blood clots (thrombosis) and problems with blood flow. For some women, the only sign of this condition is an early miscarriage. Or, later in the pregnancy, the woman may lose the baby due to a poorly functioningplacenta, or she may havepreeclampsia.

Pregnant women with antiphospholipid syndrome are treated with blood-thinning medicines to prevent clotting problems and pregnancy loss. These medicines may include heparin, aspirin, or both.

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

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rebecca Sue Uranga, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofNovember 21, 2017