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In 1991, the Haemostasis and Thrombosis Task Force of the British Society for Haematology published guidelines on testing for the lupus anticoagulant (LA) (Machin et al, 1991). Since then there have been major developments in our understanding of the nature ofàntiphospholipid antibodies' (aPLs) and improvements in our knowledge of the clinical course of the(More)
SAn ageing population and the continuing expansion of clinical indications for coumadin therapy have increased pressure on hospital anticoagulant clinics. One solution is patient self-testing (PST) of the international normalized ratio (INR) using capillary blood samples on point-of-care coagulation monitors at home. We conducted a prospective study to(More)
Lupus anticoagulants (LA) are associated with an increased risk of thrombosis and laboratory detection is of major importance. Various tests are available for LA screening and confirmation, but they differ in sensitivity and specificity, frequently lacking the ability to discriminate between the presence of LA, heparin and oral anticoagulants. We noticed(More)
BACKGROUND The true frequency of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) during long-haul air travel is unknown. We sought to determine the frequency of DVT in the lower limb during long-haul economy-class air travel and the efficacy of graduated elastic compression stockings in its prevention. METHODS We recruited 89 male and 142 female passengers over 50 years of(More)
Five hundred consecutive women (median age 33 years; range 19-45) with a history of recurrent miscarriage (median 4; range 3-16) were screened for the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (APA)-lupus anticoagulant (LA) and/or anticardiolipin antibodies (ACA). The prevalence of persistently positive tests for LA was 9.6% and for immunoglobulin G (IgG) and(More)
Platelet aggregation was studied in citrated whole blood by an electrical impedance method. Blood samples from normal volunteers were studied with the aim of finding a suitable method for the routine study of samples from patients. An erratic tracing and low maximum aggregation were seen in samples with a high normal haematocrit. Optimal aggregation was(More)
The PFA-100 device is a new instrument for the in-vitro testing of platelet function. Primary haemostasis is stimulated by recording the closure time taken for platelets to seal a 150 microm aperture in the centre of a membrane coated with collagen and either epinephrine or ADP. Patients with type 3 von Willebrand's disease (n = 4) all had infinitely(More)
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a life-threatening disorder and plasma exchange (PEX) remains the primary treatment modality. Twenty-five patients with acute refractory/relapsing idiopathic TTP received rituximab in conjunction with PEX because of progressive clinical disease or deterioration in laboratory parameters, despite intensive standard(More)
BACKGROUND Annexin A5 is thought to have a role in the pathophysiology of the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)-a syndrome characterised by recurrent thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether anti-annexin A5 immunoglobulin (Ig)M or IgG antibodies, or the -1C-->T polymorphism of annexin A5, is a risk factor for thrombosis or(More)