What is Anti-cardiolipin antibodies?
Anti-cardiolipin antibodies are acquired auto-antibodies produced against cardiolipins and are found in the immunoglobulin classes- IgG, IgM and/or IgA. The presence of anti-cardiolipin antibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus can be related to the development of thrombosis. Anti-cardiolipin antibodies have been found in some cerebrovascular insufficiency, cerebral ischemia and in myocardial infarction. Moreover, the anticardiolipin test assists in the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome. This diagnosis has important implications for the treatment and prediction of recurrent thrombosis and recurrent miscarriage.
Hematologist, General physician, General Medicine