Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Update on my friend's pregnancy

I chatted with one of my best friends from the Philippines last night and was glad to hear some good updates on her pregnancy. She is at her 22 weeks of pregnancy right now and so far it's doing well except for the daily shot of injection on her tummy to keep her TSH and FT4 well balance. She has a problem with her TSH coz her OB found out that it is active. She had underwent a lot of blood tests prior to her pregnancy because she have had multiple miscarriages before and finally her OB and her immunologist found what her problem was. They found out that she has an autoimmune disorder that caused her miscarriages before. I asked her what was the blood work being done to her to find out her immune problem and she mentioned about APAS- Antiphospholipids Panet Test APAS stands for Antiphopholipid Syndrome which I check on in the internet on what it means and here's what I found out from MedicineNet.

"The antiphospholipid syndrome is a disorder of the immune system that is characterized by excessive clotting of blood and/or certain complications of pregnancy (premature miscarriages, unexplained fetal death, or premature birth) and the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (cardiolipin or lupus anticoagulant antibodies) in the blood. Patients with antiphospholipid syndrome have developed abnormal symptoms while having antiphospholipid antibodies that are detectable with blood testing."

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