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Lupus Anticoagulant

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Updated September 17, 2008

Lupus anticoagulants can be found on a blood test
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Definition: The presence of one or more antibodies in the blood which attack the body's own cells by binding to their membrane phospholids. This abnormal binding sets off a cascade of molecular events that leads to a state that favors blood clot formation, and in some cases it can lead to embolic strokes.
Also Known As: antiphospholipid antibodies

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