This is an old post that I have been revisiting trying to decide if an article about Hughes Syndrome is worth retaining on a Blog about Multiple Sclerosis.

Hughes Syndrome Multiple Sclerosis

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 Multiple Sclerosis 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.


There is a Hughes Syndrome Foundation and it can be found here.

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.

Final Prognosis

No, not a prognosis of the medical condition; a prognosis about the blog post. And the verdict is that it should be retained as it is providing some little value to the site. Surprisingly, despite being badly optimised for the search engines, it does receive traffic.

So, if we can tidy the post up a little, include an internal link and an image to spruce things up, it may receive even more traffic. And, I did make a promise to produce this article and I am not one to back out of an undertaking or a commitment.

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Autoimmune Posterchild
Autoimmune Posterchild

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?


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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