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Antiphospholipid Antibodies

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Also known as: APA
Formal name: Antiphospholipid Antibodies
Related tests: Lupus Anticoagulant Testing, Cardiolipin Antibodies, PTT, Platelet Neutralization Procedure, Kaolin Clotting Time, Hexagonal Phospholipid Confirmatory Test, Dilute Prothrombin Time, Beta-2 Glycoprotein 1 Antibodies, Antiphosphatidylserine Antibodies, Antiprothrombin Antibodies

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help investigate inappropriate blood clot formation; to help determine the cause of recurrent miscarriage; to evaluate a prolonged PTT (partial thromboplastin time); as part of an evaluation for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS); sometimes to help diagnose or evaluate an autoimmune disorder

When to Get Tested?

When you have a prolonged PTT test; when you have had recurrent unexplained blood clots; when you have had recurrent miscarriages, especially in the second and third trimesters

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?