Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Are There Experts in Hughes Syndrome?

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:26 AM

Question: Are there any experts in Hughes syndrome? I know that warfarin is a treatment, and I’ve also read of Plaquenil being used to suppress the immune system to some degree and help prevent the formation of blood clots.
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Hughes syndrome is more commonly referred to as antiphospholipid syndrome. It was named after a rheumatologist at the London Lupus Center who works in the treatment of immune disorders, especially Lupus and Hughes syndrome.

Antiphospholipid syndrome is an immune mediated (i.e., antibody mediated) disorder of coagulation that causes blood clots in veins and arteries. It causes miscarriage, preterm labor, and severe pre-eclampsia (a serious disorder of blood pressure in pregnancy) in women.

This syndrome requires input from a hematologist (a medical doctor who specializes in disorders of the bloodstream) and is usually managed by a rheumatologist or immunologist.

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