Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome with pulmonary haemorrhage in the ICU

Simon N. Hughes, D. Bhonagiri

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Abstract

Objective: To discuss two cases of intrapulmonary haemorrhage with CAPS which presented a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge in Intensive Care and review literature related to CAPS. Methods: Descriptive case studies of two ICU patients with CAPS and a review of CAPS literature. Results: CAPS with pulmonary haemorrhage as seen in our two patients is uncommon and can be due to therapeutic anticoagulation prescribed to prevent thrombotic complications in APS. Conclusions: ICU clinicians need to be aware of CAPS and its management. Intrapulmonary haemorrhage can complicate CAPS and makes treatment of the underlying ischaemic organ failure more difficult.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-80
Number of pages3
JournalCare of the Critically Ill
Volume24
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Catastrophic antiphospholid syndrome
  • Intensive care
  • Pulmonary haemorrhage

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