Hughes Syndrome: May be mistaken for multiple sclerosis?

Apparently, Hughes Syndrome can easily be mistaken for Multiple Sclerosis. It shares many of the symptoms and as many as 1 in 3 people diagnosed with MS actually have Hughes Syndrome.

Hughes Syndrome is also known as Sticky Blood Syndrome although it’s proper title is Antiphospholipid Syndrome (or APS).

Discovered by a Dr. Graham Hughes in 1983 while treating patients for the Lupus condition. Sticky Blood can be easily treated with Aspirin, Heparin or Warfarin but, if left untreated it can be fatal. Sticky blood can lead to the formation of blood clots which can cause Thrombosis or Strokes.

The symptoms of Hughes Syndrome can be uncannily like those of MS. They may include: difficulty with walking, foot drop, double-vision, tingling sensations, slurred speech and loss of balance. I don’t know about you, but this is ringing some fairly loud alarm bells with me. Like MS, Hughes Syndrome is an autoimmune deficiency and it’s cause is unknown.


Hughes Syndrome Foundation

My thanks to the Lady from Port Macquarie in New South Wales for bringing this item to my attention. She would like to see all possible MS diagnosis patients automatically tested for Hughes Syndrome. I promised I would include a piece on the subject and here it is, admittedly short and sweet, but here all the same.

Hughes Syndrome Could you have been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis?
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2 thoughts on “Hughes Syndrome Could you have been misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis?

  • October 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Considering it falls in with all the other AI diseases (I’ve been diagnosed several already) this isn’t surprising, but couldn’t it be just another to tack on with a current MS diagnosis? I started out with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura that lead into MS and lupus diagnoses.
    Do you have a reference site to define each in its own right as to markers and Symptoms?

    • October 28, 2015 at 7:28 am

      MS like all diseases is a name given to a collection of symptoms. There will always be some overlap where symptoms are shared.


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