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Antiphospholipid Syndrome Screen (Hughes Syndrome) Blood Test
Antiphospholipid Syndrome Screen (Hughes Syndrome) Blood Test
Antiphospholipid Syndrome Screen (Hughes Syndrome) Blood Test
Antiphospholipid Syndrome Screen (Hughes Syndrome) Blood Test

Antiphospholipid Syndrome Screen (Hughes Syndrome) Blood Test

This test includes a clotting status check and measures your levels of anticardiolipin and glycoprotein antibodies to screen for Hughes Syndrome (sticky blood).

Is it for you?

Do you have a family member with Hughes Syndrome and want to check whether you are affected too? Have you had repeated miscarriages or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) at a young age which could indicate Hughes Syndrome? Do you have another autoimmune disease like lupus which you know might increase your risk of Hughes? This test can help diagnose Hughes Syndrome so that you can start to take measures to control your condition.
Blood sample 10 biomarkers included 10 working days turnaround

What's included?

Biomarker profiles

  • Autoimmunity
  • Clotting Status

Autoimmunity (4 Biomarkers)

Clotting Status (6 Biomarkers)

The medical name for Hughes Syndrome is the Antiphospholipid Syndrome, although it is also described as 'sticky blood'. Hughes Syndrome is an autoimmune disease which affects the blood platelets making them more prone to clotting. This means a raised risk of clotting in the veins, arteries or even internal organs, leading to potentially life threatening results including heart attacks and strokes. You can have elevated antibodies but exhibit no symptoms, but this raises your risk of developing symptoms in the future, especially if you become pregnant, become immobile through bed-rest or a long haul flight (where you are at increased risk of DVT) or take the contraceptive pill. 

Although it tends to affect the 20-50 year old age group, Hughes Syndrome can attack anybody, with women being at higher risk than men. It's estimated that 1 in every 100 people is affected by Hughes Syndrome. If you have an autoimmune condition such as lupus, then your risk of developing Hughes Syndrome is raised.

Hughes syndrome cannot be cured but medication can help to control it. 

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

Why take this test?

  • A family member has Hughes Syndrome and you want to check your own status
  • You have had repeated miscarriages and you want to rule out Hughes Syndrome
  • You have another autoimmune condition which raises your risk of having Hughes Syndrome
  • You have symptoms which you think might be related to Hughes Syndrome.

How it works

  • Take the test

    Collect your sample at home, visit a partner clinic, or we can even send a nurse to you.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample back on the same day you take it in the freepost pack to our laboratory.
  • Get your results

    View your results with doctor's advice on your personal dashboard.
Laboratories you can trust

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our fully accredited partner laboratories.

Expert interpretation <br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

Our customer care team is on-hand to help you find the test that's right for you. Get in touch via phone, live chat or email.

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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.