What are the symptoms of Hughes/antiphospholipid syndromeHughes/antiphospholipid syndrome can cause both low-grade symptoms and potentially fatal conditions as a result of blood clots.
In pregnancy, Hughes/antiphospholipid syndrome is the most common, potentially treatable cause of recurrent miscarriage, and is also associated with other complications such as pre-eclampsia, premature birth and stillbirth.
Some people are affected by symptoms more than others, while others may have the antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) but do not develop any blood clots and/or have pregnancy complications. As of yet, we simply don’t know the reason why these anomalies exist because so much research still needs to be carried out.
The typical low-grade symptoms of Hughes/antiphospholipid syndrome are:
- headache and migraine
- memory problems
- dizziness and balance difficulties
- visual disturbances
- blotchy skin (livedo reticularis)
- thrombosis – DVT
- strokes and mini-strokes (Transient Ischaemic Attacks)
- heart attacks
- pulmonary embolism (blood clot on the lung)
The brain is particularly susceptible in Hughes/antiphospholipid syndrome patients, as the ‘sticky blood’ can impair circulation and limit oxygen which can result in a variety of low-grade neurological symptoms.
Remember - it is NOT necessary to have all the symptoms to be diagnosed with Hughes/antiphospholipid syndrome