Author(s): Mueh JR, Herbst KD, Rapaport SI
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Abstract A retrospective study was carried out to determine the frequency of thrombosis in patients with the lupus anticoagulant. Thirty-five patients fulfilled laboratory criteria for the diagnosis of the lupus anticoagulant. Eight of these patients had evidence of clinically significant thrombosis while their plasma showed a prolonged partial thromboplastin time due to the anticoagulant. Four of the patients wity thrombosis had concurrent autoimmune disease and three other patients were receiving phenothiazine medication. Moderate thrombocytopenia was noted in four patients with thrombosis. None of the patients with the lupus anticoagulant bled abnormally. This study suggests that patients with the lupus anticoagulant may be at increased risk of thrombosis.
This article was published in Ann Intern Med
and referenced in Family Medicine & Medical Science Research