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My mom's friend sent an email saying that her daughter is having a lupus antibody test done to see if she has lupus. This all began with a blood clot in her leg. The doctor said that both her and her husband should be tested and if they come back positive then all their children should also be tested.

Does anyone have any clue as to what this antibody test might be? My mom is waiting to hear the results and then she will ask what the test was.
 

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Hello Lisa :)

It's hard to tell, but in view of her having had a stroke perhaps it's the so called lupus anticoagulant test. In fact it is not a test for lupus. The antibodies were first identified in lupus patients so it got that name but while some people with lupus have them, a lot of people have them without having lupus.
The term 'anti-coagulant' is also misleading because these antibodies can cause clots.
But I don't know about this talk of having her husband tested and then their kids. There are some inherited blood clotting factors, but as far as I know the antiphospholids aren't among them. It will be interesting to know what they are talking about.

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Clare
 
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