Why Do Pregnant Women Get a Lupus Test?

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Why would this test be ordered for a pregnant woman? She has two healthy children but since her last pregnancy has had three miscarriages. Does it have anything to do with the disease lupus?

Doctor's response

Women with lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) have a higher chance of having a miscarriage than women without lupus.

The risk of recurrent miscarriages is especially high for women (with or without lupus) who have a special antibody called anticardiolipin antibody, false positive syphilis testing, and/or a positive blood test for the lupus anticoagulant.

It is no doubt that it is because of the associations above, that the doctor of a pregnant woman with multiple miscarriages in the past would search for these conditions to safeguard the pregnancy.

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