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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 75-77

Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome presenting as pulmonary embolism in a young male

1 Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
2 Department of Cardiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Unit . Hero DMC Heart Institute, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

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Vikas Gupta
Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana - 141 001, Punjab
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jpcs.jpcs_66_19

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Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is a prothrombotic condition seen more commonly in females. APS may be primary or secondary to an underlying connective tissue disease like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which is also more common in females. We report an 18-year-old male who presented with deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism and was later diagnosed as SLE with secondary APS. This case highlights a rare presentation of DVT with pulmonary embolism as the presenting manifestation of SLE with secondary APS in a young male. It also highlights the importance of recognizing this hypercoagulable state as the cause of pulmonary embolism since it has important therapeutic implications.

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