Antiphospholipid syndrome associated with cytomegalovirus infection: Case report and review

Labarca J.A.; Rabaggliati R.M.; Radrigan F.J.; Rojas P.P.; Pérez C.M.; Ferres M.V.; Acua G.G.; Bertin P.A.

Keywords: infections, antibody, infection, cytomegalovirus, humans, human, male, adult, thrombosis, phospholipid, article, mesenteric, vein, immunoglobulin, cardiolipin, anticoagulation, antiphospholipid, clinical, priority, journal, syndrome, G, case, report, feature, M, immunopathogenesis


Antiphospholipid antibodies are commonly related to connective tissue disorders, the use of certain drugs, and infection. It is thought that antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is associated primarily with connective tissue disorders. We describe a healthy young male who had an episode of APS that was associated with cytomegalovirus infection and who developed mesenteric and femoropopliteal thrombosis. He responded well to treatment with anticoagulants; 6 months after the onset of APS, IgM and IgG anticardiolipin antibody titers declined. We point out the importance of screening for infectious agents in cases of APS; if the agents are identified, APS may be transitory.

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Volumen: 24
Número: 2
Editorial: Oxford University Press for the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Fecha de publicación: 1997
Página de inicio: 197
Página final: 200