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Hughes Syndrome Mimics MS Causing Wrong Diagnosis

tment centre, in October. I have spoken to neurological hospitals, other GPs and even NICE to draw attention to the condition. It could save the government millions of pounds on care and drugs if many people diagnosed with MS have Hughes Syndrome instead.”

A spokeswoman from the Hughes Syndrome Foundation explained that Dr Graham Hughes, a specialist on diseases of immune system, had discovered the condition on a group of people whom he was treating for Lupus, did not fit the classic mould. She further explained that the doctor then undertook some painstaking investigative work, where in he found they all had a strange antibody in their blood that caused it to thicken and clot.

It was explained that due to this thickening, less oxygen reached the brain, body organs and the placenta in pregnant women. This there by caused various conditions like migraine, 1 in 5 recurrent miscarriages, deep vein thrombosis in young people and many others which could all be treated by aspirin, heparin injections and in more serious cases with warfarin.

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