Phospholipid Antibodies Panel (IgG, IgA & IgM), Serum
- Reporting Time:
- 3 Days
- Specimen Type:
- Home Collection:
To help investigate the presence of blood clots or an unexpectedly prolonged PTT (partial thromboplastin time), especially if you have had recurrent miscarriages; as part of an evaluation for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS); sometimes to help diagnose or evaluate an autoimmune disorder
When you have an unexplained prolonged PTT test; when you have had recurrent unexplained blood clots; when you have had recurrent miscarriages, especially in the second and third trimesters
Is there anything I can do to prevent or get rid of antiphospholipid antibodies?
No. The process by which these autoantibodies develop is not well understood. There are controllable risk factors, however, such as smoking and obesity that also increase your risk of clotting. Addressing these issues may help to lower your overall risk of developing blood clots but will not prevent the development of antiphospholipid antibodies or get rid of them once they are present.
If I have one antiphospholipid antibody, will I develop others?
It is possible, but there is no way to predict when or if this will happen. Antiphospholipid antibody development, and the development of symptoms and complications, varies by individual.
What is lupus anticoagulant?
Lupus anticoagulant (LA) is a type of antiphospholipid antibody that interferes with the clotting process in a test tube (so-called anticoagulant) but is associated with excessive clotting (venous or arterial thrombosis) in the body. There is no specific test for LA but is determined by performing a series of tests. For more details, see the article on Lupus Anticoagulant Testing.
Should everyone be tested for antiphospholipid antibodies?
General screening is not necessary. Testing is usually only performed if a person has associated signs or symptoms or as a follow up to other testing. Most people will never need to have this testing performed.