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Related to anticardiolipin antibody: Antiphospholipid antibody, Lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibody syndrome
anticardiolipin antibodyClinical immunology Any of a family of antibodies that recognize an epitope on the cardiolipin molecule; ACA are associated with immune-mediated disease, strokes, fetal wastage, syphilis, but are also found in healthy subjects without disease, represent natural antibodies, and indicate a normally functioning immune system Normal values IgA < 22 APL–IgA Phospholipid Units–PLU; IgG < 22 GPL–IgG PLUs; IgM < 11 MPL–IgM PLUs. See Antiphospholipid syndrome.
anticardiolipin antibodyAbbreviation: aCLa
An autoantibody against the cell membrane lipid, diphosphatidyl glycerol. It produces abnormal and sometimes life-threatening blood clotting. The antibody is found in a variety of autoimmune and infectious diseases, including in patients with the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and syphilis.
See also: antibody
Patient discussion about anticardiolipin antibody
Q. what is anh cardiolipin antibody
A. Cardiolipin is a protein that is very common in the body. Mostly on heart and skeletal muscles. During several illnesses, mostly autoimmune, our body creates an antibody against it that do great damage and needs to cbe controlled.More discussions about anticardiolipin antibody