Antiphospholipid syndrome is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that it occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues and organs. APS is more common in women and in patients with other autoimmune or rheumatic diseases, particularly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). It is referred to as "primary" when it occurs alone, and as "secondary" when it occurs in association with another disorder.
You have to meet one or more of the following criteria to be diagnosed with APS:
* Presence of persistent and moderate or high levels of anticardiolipin IgG and/or IgM antibodies
* Have a positive result for lupus anticoagulant testing
* Have the presence of persistent and moderate or high levels of anti-beta 2 glycoprotein 1 IgG and/or IgM antibodies
A high-positive = (lupus anticoagulant or more than 19 IgG binding units of anticardiolipin antibodies)
A low-positive IgG = (fewer than 20 IgG binding units)
A high-positive could mean that you are more likely to develop at least one new medical complication (Like Antiphospholipid Syndrome).
The standard is pretty much - negative = (<10 IgG phospholipid units [GPL] or <7.5 IgM phospholipid units [MPL]); low positive = (10-20 GPL or 7.5-15 MPL); or, high positive = (>20 GPL or >15 MPL).
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