What is anti-phospholipid syndrome (APS)?

This is an unusual condition of which more is becoming known all the time. It causes the blood to clot a little more easily (hence sometimes called ''sticky blood''), and there are unusual ''anticardiolipin antibodies'' in the blood. The condition may cause blood clots (thromboses); in rare cases dangerous thromboses in the lung (pulmonary emboli) or brain (cerebral infarct). It may also be linked to some cases of recurrent miscarriages, pre-eclampsia and stop the baby growing properly in the womb. Giving low dose aspirin from conception onwards may be beneficial. Despite various claims, the jury is still out on whether aspirin combined with heparin is any more effective than aspirin alone in improving outcome.
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