Lupus anticoagulants are associated with thrombosis, recurrent fetal loss, neurological problems, and cutaneous manifestations. Accurate diagnosis is important considering the potential use of long-term anticoagulant therapy because of the high risk of recurrent thrombosis. Adherence to published laboratory testing guidelines and recommendations is important to the diagnostic specificity of lupus anticoagulant testing.
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) offer a new guideline on how to determine what genetic tests may best diagnose a person’s subtype of limb-girdle or distal muscular dystrophy.
A recent article in The New York Times reported on celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the gut triggered by the gluten proteins in wheat and other grains, and its connection to the human brain. Upon analysis of several cases, treating an autoimmune disease of the gut (by avoiding gluten) resolved what looked like a debilitating disorder of the brain.
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