What are the treatment options for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)?

Updated: Nov 24, 2020
  • Author: Suneel Movva, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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In general, treatment regimens for APS must be individualized according to the patient's current clinical status and history of thrombotic events. Asymptomatic individuals in whom blood test findings are positive do not require specific treatment. Prophylaxis is needed during surgery or hospitalization, as well as management of any associated autoimmune disease. Low-dose aspirin is used widely in this setting; although its effectiveness remains unproven. For thrombosis, perform full anticoagulation with intravenous or subcutaneous heparin followed by warfarin therapy. See Treatment.

For discussion of APS in children, see Pediatric Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome. For discussion of obstetric APS, see Antiphospholipid Syndrome and Pregnancy.

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