What Is Lupus Anticoagulant?

Q:
What is lupus anticoagulant?

A:
Generally speaking, it is a type of antibody that can put you at risk for blood clots

Lupus anticoagulant (LA) is an antiphospholipid antibody found in many people with lupus. But you do not need to have lupus to have LA.

Lupus anticoagulant increases your blood’s ability to clot. Therefore, if you have this antibody, you have a greater risk of experiencing a blood clot.

The signs and symptoms of a blood clot including:

  • Leg swelling or redness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain, numbness, and pallor in an arm or leg

But with the right therapy, complications from lupus anticoagulant are manageable.

If you have LA, here are some preventions for blood clots:

  • Avoid estrogen-based birth control pills and hormone treatments for menopause
  • Don’t smoke or consume other tobacco products
  • Don’t sit or lie down for extended periods other than when you’re asleep
  • When traveling, get up periodically to keep your blood flowing
  • Move your ankles up and down when you can’t move around

If you are concerned about blood clots, consult your doctor about LA and your personal risk of developing blood clots. YThen your doctor may have recommendations that can help lower your risk.

 

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