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Hughes syndrome

Antiphospholipid syndrome

An increased tendency for blood clots to form in your veins or arteries can be treated if diagnosed correctly.

About

Hughes syndrome causes an increase in the risk of developing:

- blood clots developing in the leg
- a clot in an artery which can cause a stroke or heart attack
- blood clots in the brain, leading to problems with balance, mobility, vision, speech and memory.
- Pregnant women with the condition may have an increased risk of miscarriage.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of Hughes syndrome icon plus

    Without treatment, Hughes syndrome can cause many symptoms and complications, including: - Migraine headaches - Mottled skin tone (livedo reticularis) - Low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia) - Vein thrombosis - Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - Arterial thrombosis - Heart attack - Stroke - Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome.
  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Tests used in the diagnosis of Hughes syndrome include: - Medical history - Physical examination - Blood tests. If Hughes syndrome is suspected, you'll usually be referred to an HCA UK facility to see either: - a rheumatologist (specialist in conditions affecting the immune system) - a haematologist (specialist in conditions affecting the blood).
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    The goal of treatment for Hughes syndrome will be to reduce your risk of developing blood clots. Treatment includes: - Medication - anticoagulant medicine like warfarin, or an antiplatelet medication such as low-dose aspirin - Lifestyle - healthy eating, regular exercise, losing weight and not smoking. - Women diagnosed with the condition are strongly advised to plan before they become pregnant. This is because treatment is most effective when it begins immediately after conception. Some medications used to treat Hughes syndrome may also be harmful to an unborn baby. For more information visit our Hughes Syndrome Website at www.ghic.world
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