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Many symptoms that occur with APS are common even without the condition. They do not necessarily mean APS is the cause.

However, a doctor may order tests to detect the antibodies associated with APS when:

  • Blood clots or miscarriages occur for no apparent reason

  • A young person has a heart attack or stroke

People with antiphospholipid antibodies may have a positive screening test for syphilis even though they do not have the disease. Fortunately, confirmatory tests are available to rule out syphilis infection in a person with antiphospholipid antibodies.

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