Antiphospholipid syndrome – little to no attention in the Ethiopian clinical setting

Yared Mamushet Yifru, Mulugeta Biyadgie Ewnetu


Epidemiologically prevailing antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is common among the younger population. APS is characterized by recurrent arterial and/or venous thrombosis and miscarriage. Although common among the youth; it has gained little or no consideration in its diagnosis in the Ethiopian clinical setup. We identified a woman with a movement disorder called chorea and recurrent pregnancy loss (abortions). She stayed eight years to be diagnosed with APS. As a devastating disease commonly seen in young patients with stroke, deep vein thrombosis and abortion, physician vigilance to detect APS is invaluable. [Ethiop. J. Health Dev. 2018;32(2):123-125]
Key Words: Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Chorea, Anticardiolipin antibody, Lupus Anticoagulant.

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