The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is used evaluate for autoimmune disorders and to diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The ANA test is ordered when someone shows signs and symptoms that are associated with a systemic autoimmune disorder.
Women who have clotting disorders like antiphospholipd syndrome, lupus anticoagulant or anticardiolipin antibody syndrome are at risk for recurrent pregnancy loss in the second trimester. The placentas of women with these conditions have been studied and multiple small clots were present. The use of anticoagulant therapy (blood thinners) is being studied as treatment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1415304
Deep vein thrombosis or DVT is when blood clots form in a deep vein. A clot that develops in a vein is also known as ‘venous thrombosis’. DVT most commonly affects the leg veins or deep veins in the pelvis. It can cause pain and swelling in the leg but in some cases there may be no symptoms. #theclotmustbefought #getaclueclotskillyou #bloodclotawarenessmonth
Studies show that older patients are less likely to suffer from kidney diseases associated with lupus (lupus nephritis, but there are no strong conclusions as to why. For those that do encounter kidney issues, at any age, treatment is the same.