What causes antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2018
  • Author: Suneel Movva, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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APS is an autoimmune disorder of unknown cause. The search for possible triggers has uncovered a wide array of associated autoimmune or rheumatic diseases, infections, and drugs that are associated with the LA or aCL antibodies. These associations may ultimately provide a clue to the etiology of APS. A considerable percentage of persons with certain autoimmune or rheumatic diseases also have aPL antibodies.


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