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Forum Name: Rheumatology Topics

Question: APS or Lupus which one?

 hollyann - Sat Jul 25, 2009 2:59 pm


I have reynauds, livedo, positive for APS and psoriasis on my feet, brain fog,transient involuntary movements which are only there during flares and some blood blisters in my mouth. My knee has been occaisonally swelling these lasts few months. Neg for any lupus tests so far. What is the difference between APS and Lupus as had hemiparesis last year but apparently it wasn't a stroke. Have some damage to my eyes and ankle and only just got myself back together and don't want a repeat of this last year just looking to be well and get myself the appropriate help. Not on any medication.Any help appreciated.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:23 pm

User avatar Hello,
The difference between APS and Lupus is a good one but the answer can be somewhat fuzzy and complex.

Primary APS is characterized by the presence of an antiphospholipid antibody in the plasma plus one clinical manifestation usually clogged blood vessels.
Besides clogged blood vessels, other systemic problems similar to Lupus can occur (e.g. cardiac, renal, respiratory, and skin conditions).

Sometimes the APS can be associated with other disease such as Lupus and can be secondary to Lupus.

Coumadin is standard treatment for APS as this helps prevent abnormal clogging in blood vessels in legs and to vital organs.

Take care.

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