Antiphospholipid syndrome is a disorder that causes the body’s immune system to mistakenly attack certain proteins in the blood, called phospholipids. Phospholipids are found in all cells and their membranes, including blood cells and the lining of blood vessels. When the immune system attacks phospholipids, cells are damaged, causing blood clots to form in the arteries and veins. This can lead to life-threatening conditions, such as stroke. It can also cause complications during pregnancy, such as miscarriage and stillbirth.
Early diagnosis is important to prevent the complications of antiphospholipid syndrome. At NYU Langone, our doctors have the expertise to quickly diagnose the condition and to help you manage symptoms.
NYU Langone physicians offer several types of medication to reduce the risk of developing blood clots and prevent serious complications. More severe forms of antiphospholipid syndrome may be treated with plasma exchange, or plasmapheresis.
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