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antiphospholipid antibody syndrome

Mar Llamas-Velasco, Victoria Alegría, Ángel Santos-Briz, Lorenzo Cerroni, Heinz Kutzner, Luis Requena
We review the most characteristic clinical and histopathologic findings of the cutaneous manifestations of the occlusive nonvasculitic vasculopathic disorders. Clinically, most of these conditions are characterized by retiform purpura. Histopathologic findings consist of occlusion of the vessel lumina with no vasculitis. Different disorders may produce nonvasculitic occlusive vasculopathy in cutaneous blood and lymphatic vessels, including embolization due to cholesterol and oxalate emboli, cutaneous intravascular metastasis from visceral malignancies, atrial myxomas, intravascular angiosarcoma, intralymphatic histiocytosis, intravascular lymphomas, endocarditis, crystal globulin vasculopathy, hypereosinophilic syndrome, and foreign material...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Arsenio Spinillo, Fausta Beneventi, Elena Locatelli, Vèronique Ramoni, Roberto Caporali, Claudia Alpini, Giulia Albonico, Chiara Cavagnoli, Carlomaurizio Montecucco
BACKGROUND: The burden of pregnancy complications associated with well defined, already established systemic rheumatic diseases preexisting pregnancy such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma is well known. Systemic rheumatic diseases are characterized by a long natural history with few symptoms, an undifferentiated picture or a remitting course making difficult a timely diagnosis. It has been suggested that screening measures for these diseases could be useful but the impact of unrecognized systemic rheumatic disorders on pregnancy outcome is unknown...
October 18, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Y Zuo, R Willis, E Papalardo, M Petri, E N Harris, A Schleh, K DeCeulaer, M Smikle, L M Vilá, J D Reveille, G S Alarcón, E B Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: While essential for the classification of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), anticardiolipin (aCL) assays lack specificity and anti-β2glycoproteinI (anti-β2GPI) assays lack sensitivity in this regard. Our aim was to perform a comparative analysis of the APhL ELISA assay (IgG/IgM) and criteria antiphospholipid (aPL) immunoassays in identifying APS-related clinical manifestations in a large group of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS: Serum samples from 1178 patients from the Hopkins (n = 543), LUMINA (n = 588) and Jamaican SLE cohorts (n = 47) were examined for IgG/IgM positivity in aCL (in-house), anti-β2GPI (two commercial kits) and APhL (Louisville APL) ELISA assays...
October 16, 2016: Lupus
Joaquín Valle Alonso, Francisco Javier Fonseca Del Pozo, Manuel Vaquero Álvarez, Jorge Pedraza, Miguel Angel Aguayo, Almudena Sanchez
Acquired thrombotic and thromboembolic disorders may be presented initially with symptoms and signs of acute ischaemia or organ dysfunction that will lead many of these patients to seek care in the emergency department. We report a case of a 19-year-old female patient who developed catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS syndrome or Asherson syndrome) 6 weeks post stillbirth with an initial presentation of acute vascular occlusion. The patient was immediately operated and anticoagulated with significant improvement...
October 10, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
Mirjana Bećarević, Duško Mirković, Svetlana Ignjatović
Although numerous studies investigated the association between homocysteine (Hcy), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), C-reactive protein (CRP) and apolipoproteins (apos) with thrombosis and/or recurrent pregnancy losses, studies that analyzed the abovementioned parameters and multiple positivity of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL Abs) in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) are lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the presence of various combinations of the abovementioned parameters and their associations with clinical and/or serological features of PAPS...
October 14, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Md Asiful Islam, Kah Keng Wong, Teguh Haryo Sasongko, Siew Hua Gan, Jin Shyan Wong
Here we present a case report of three familial primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS) patients from Malaysia. The three familial patients comprised two females and one male with a mean age of 26.3 years. The first diagnosis was made between 2005 and 2009, and all patients demonstrated deep vein thrombosis, high levels of IgM and IgG anticardiolipin antibodies, and received warfarin treatment international normalized ratio (INR) 2.0-3.0. The patients ceased to show clinical symptoms after treatment. Recently (August 2014), we investigated whether the levels of antiphospholipid antibodies remained elevated, and we found that seronegativity occurred in the patients...
September 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
Rokea A El-Azhary, Michelle T Patzelt, Robert D McBane, Amy L Weaver, Robert C Albright, Alina D Bridges, Paul L Claus, Mark D P Davis, John J Dillon, Ziad M El-Zoghby, LaTonya J Hickson, Rajiv Kumar, Kathleen A M McCarthy-Fruin, Marian T McEvoy, Mark R Pittelkow, David A Wetter, Amy W Williams, James T McCarthy
OBJECTIVE: To identify coagulation risk factors in patients with calciphylaxis and the relationship between anticoagulation use and overall survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Study subjects were 101 patients with calciphylaxis seen at Mayo Clinic from 1999 to September 2014. Data including thrombophilia profiles were extracted from the medical records of each patient. Survival status was determined using patient registration data and the Social Security Death Index...
October 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Ozan Ünlü, Stephane Zuily, Doruk Erkan
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the association of thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). Thirty to forty percent of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients are tested positive for aPL, which may have an impact on the SLE presentation, management, and prognosis. Compared with SLE patients without aPL, those with aPL have a higher prevalence of thrombosis, pregnancy morbidity, valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, livedo reticularis, thrombocytopenia, hemolytic anemia, acute/chronic renal vascular lesions, and moderate/severe cognitive impairment; worse quality of life; and higher risk of organ damage...
June 2016: Eur J Rheumatol
David B Hood, Karin R Snyder, Tammy R Buckner, Beth L Hurley, Kelly R Pitts, Luis R Lopez
OBJECTIVE: The routine measurement of IgA anticardiolipin (aCL) and IgA anti-β2 glycoprotein I (anti-β2 GPI) antibodies remain controversial despite several studies demonstrating an association with thromboembolic disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). This controversy may be a contributing factor for the current under use of IgA antiphospholipid antibodies. We aimed to investigate the nature of discrepant IgA anti-β2 GPI reactivity to help define the diagnostic value of IgA antiphospholipid antibodies...
December 2015: Eur J Rheumatol
Avital Avriel, Stela Fleischer, Michael Friger, Ora Shovman, Gal Neuman, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Mahmoud Abu-Shakra
A significantly high correlation between reduced activity of Annexin A5 by the flow cytometric assay (FCA) and the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) has been reported. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical and laboratory significance of the Annexin A5 competition assay among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The FCA competition assay was performed on blood samples from 57 consecutive SLE patients. The FCA was performed according to a previously validated method. Forty-seven patients (82...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Mirjana Bećarević
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by thromboses and/or pregnancy losses. Laboratory criterion for the diagnosis of APS is the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (anticardiolipin, anti-beta2-glycoprotein I (aβ2gpI) and lupus anticoagulant). On the one hand, the latest classification criteria for the diagnosis of APS emphasized that thrombotic manifestations of the syndrome should be without any signs of an inflammatory process, while on the other hand, some recent reports have suggested that APS is a "pro-inflammatory state...
October 4, 2016: Rheumatology International
C A Herrera, C C Heuser, D Ware Branch
Fetal death resulting in stillbirth is generally acknowledged as a feature of antiphospholipid syndrome. Recently published studies appear to confirm the association between antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) and stillbirth, though additional studies of better design would be welcome. Emerging evidence suggests that treatment with heparin agents and low dose aspirin to prevent fetal death is imperfect. New therapeutic approaches for patients with lupus anticoagulant or triple aPL positivity are needed.
October 3, 2016: Lupus
He Meng, Srilakshmi Yalavarthi, Yogendra Kanthi, Levi F Mazza, Megan A Elfline, Catherine E Luke, David J Pinsky, Peter K Henke, Jason S Knight
OBJECTIVE: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a leading acquired cause of thrombotic events. While antiphospholipid antibodies have been shown to promote thrombosis in mice, the role of neutrophils has not been explicitly studied. Here, we characterized neutrophils in the context of a new model of antiphospholipid antibody-mediated venous thrombosis. METHODS: Mice were administered IgG fractions prepared from patients with APS. At the same time, flow through the inferior vena cava was reduced by a standard stenosis...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Karl J Lackner, Nadine Müller-Calleja
We appreciate Dr Pengo's comments on our Forum article regarding the pathogenesis of the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) [1, 2]. Perhaps, we should point out that our goal was a plea for an unbiased approach to APS. What we call the "dogma", i.e. the focus on β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI) as the major if not exclusive culprit antigen in APS, has obviously narrowed the approach to APS research. We agree with Pengo that lupus anticoagulant (LA) is the subgroup of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) with the strongest association to clinical events, and that so called triple aPL positive persons are at an increased risk compared to single or double positive persons...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
G S Kew, J Cho, A Lateef
We describe a gravid 37-year-old Chinese lady with known triple positive primary antiphospholipid syndrome with previous recurrent deep vein thrombosis and early spontaneous miscarriages. She was managed with low-molecular weight heparin, aspirin, hydroxychloroquine, prednisolone and monthly intravenous immunoglobulin.She presented with recurrent per-vaginal bleeding at 22 weeks of gestation and was found to have abruptio placentae. Anti-coagulation was held off. She subsequently delivered a stillborn at 24 weeks and anti-coagulation was restarted...
October 1, 2016: Lupus
Stavros Giaglis, Sinuhe Hahn, Paul Hasler
Neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation represents a form of cell death distinct from apoptosis or necrosis, by which invading pathogens are simultaneously entangled and potentially eliminated. Increased NET formation is observed in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated small vessel vasculitis, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), and psoriasis. NETs contribute to the pathogenesis of autoimmunity by exposing cryptic autoepitopes, which may facilitate the generation of autoantibodies, induce the production of interferons, and activate the complement cascade...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Sophie Legrève
OBJECTIVE: Multifocal osteonecrosis is rare. A zone of epiphyseal bone-marrow necrosis of three or more joints characterizes it. The most common risk factors are glucocorticoids intake and alcoholism. However, there is a series of other causes that could be incriminated in osteonecrosis, among which antiphospholipid syndrome. This case report, illustrates a primary antiphospholipid syndrome with only one clinical manifestation: multifocal osteonecrosis. OBSERVATIONS: A 30-year-old woman, with a medical history of left total hip replacement (THR), presents with severe right coxalgia and pain in both knees and shoulders...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Junzo Nojima, Yukari Motoki, Kazusa Hara, Toshiyuki Sakata, Kiyoshi Ichihara
Antiphospholipid syndrome, which often complicates systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), features high occurrence of arterial and/or venous thrombosis and recurrent fetal loss. However, which antibody subclass contributes to which clinical event remains uncertain. We newly developed an up-to-date enzyme immunoassay system using the AcuStar automated analyzer (Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA) for parallel detection of six subclasses of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs): anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL) of IgG, IgM, and IgA and anti-β2-glycoprotein I antibodies (aβ2GPI) of IgG, IgM, and IgA...
September 24, 2016: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
Ji-Hye Kim, Cheonga Yee, Jin-Yi Kuk, Suk-Joo Choi, Soo-Young Oh, Cheong-Rae Roh, Jong-Hwa Kim
Pregnant women with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) carry a high risk of arterial or venous thrombosis. Such thrombotic conditions occur more frequently in patients with triple positivity to antiphospholipid antibodies or with high antibody titers. Hepatic infarction is a rare complication in pregnant women with APS, and it sometimes mimics HELLP syndrome. This report describes a preeclamptic pregnant woman with APS who had high titers of three antiphospholipid antibodies. She experienced severe epigastric pain with elevated liver enzymes; in addition, she had tachycardia and tachypnea...
September 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Zhigang Hu, Xiaoying Jing, Jie Liu, Mei Li, Yan Ye, Yu Chen
The autoimmune disease antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by the presence of anticardiolipin antibodies (aCL), along with anti-β2-glycoprotein I (β2GPI) antibodies and lupus anticoagulant (LA). In this study, we developed a time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay (TRFIA) system for simultaneous quantification of aCL IgG and IgM. A 96-well microtiter plate precoated with the complex of cardiolipin from bovine heart and bovine β2GPI was incubated with the anticardiolipin IgG and IgM standard substance or serum, and the conjugate of Eu3+-labeled anti-human IgG and Sm3+-labeled anti-human IgM was pipetted to the wells to form a tipical double-antibody-sandwich immunoreactions; finally the fluorescent intensity of Eu3+ and Sm3+ was detected to reflect the quantity of anticardiolipin IgG and IgM...
2016: PloS One
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