Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome is a variant of antiphospholipid syndrome that is characterized by blockage of many blood vessels throughout the body. As a result of catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome, many organs can be affected, including the skin, lungs, brain, heart, kidneys, and bowels. Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome is treated with anticoagulation, corticosteroids (cortisone medication), and plasmapheresis (plasma exchange).
Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome is rare, affecting less than 1% of those with antiphospholipid syndrome. Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome is sometimes referred to as Asherson’s syndrome after the researcher who described it in the early 1990s.
Antiphospholipid Syndrome At A Glance
- Antiphospholipid syndrome is an immune disorder that can affect virtually any organ.
- Patients with antiphospholipid syndrome can have a variety of antibodies to phospholipids in their blood.
- Antiphospholipid syndrome involves abnormal tendency toward clotting of blood.
- Each individual patient with the antiphospholipid syndrome is treated uniquely according to what symptoms are present.