Early diagnosis saves lives
If you are displaying symptoms of APS, book an appointment with your GP and ask to be tested for antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). This will involve having blood tests taken either at your surgery or local hospital.
A diagnosis of APS will be made as a result of positive blood test results, together with your symptoms and possibly your family history. We recommend that you print out our fact sheet: Diagnosis: how to get tested and take it with you to your appointment.
The blood tests for APS are difficult to compare from one laboratory to another and the diagnosis can be complicated to make for many reasons. Doctors experienced in treating APS are best suited to make the diagnosis, so your GP may need to refer you to a consultant: please see our directory of APS specialists throuhgout the UK
Due to budget constraints, it can sometimes be difficult to persuade your GP to screen you for APS, particularly if you are experiencing the more low grade symptoms such as headaches, migraine, visual disturbances, memory loss, dizziness and fatigue, as opposed to having more acute symptoms such as stroke, heart attack or DVT.
If you are having difficulties getting your blood tested by your GP, it is possible to pay privately to be screened. Medichecks offers a full screening service – if your blood test results do come back positive, you can take these to your GP and ask to be referred to a specialist for a diagnosis.
Download our factsheet which has everything you need to know about diagnostic pathways
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