The blood disease that mimics MS - Hughes Syndrome
Posted Jan 02 2010 12:00am
I was asked to find information on this topic, known as sticky blood or Hughes Syndrome, which is why I am posting it here.
My source for this information comes from the MSRC-Uk as you will see by reading:
Could you have been given the wrong diagnosis? By Judy Graham
Up to 5% of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis don't have the disease at all. They have something called ‘Hughes Syndrome’, a hidden blood disease which in some ways mimics MS. It is also known as "Sticky Blood Syndrome".
This finding from a study by a leading team of British researchers at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. Instead of having MS, these patients could be suffering from this relatively new disease which mimics some symptoms of MS.
Like MS, Hughes Syndrome can affect mobility, memory, the speech and the nervous system. But the differences. Hughes Syndrome is easy and cheap to treat.
What is Hughes Syndrome?
Hughes Syndrome is the common autoimmune disease that makes blood more sticky or thick and therefore more prone to clotting in both veins and arteries. Lack of awareness of this condition means it is often missed or overlooked.
Sticky blood can affect old and young, men and women alike and is found in all countries. No one knows what causes it although there is evidence that there is a genetic link.
Current research shows Hughes Syndrome is responsible for a fifth of strokes under 45 years, a fifth of cases of deep vein thrombosis, including so-called ‘economy class syndrome’. It is the cause of 1 in 5 recurrent miscarriages. Hughes Syndrome can also mimic Alzheimer's disease, ME, and is linked to migraine. If it is left untreated sticky blood can kill.
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