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Understanding Hughes Syndrome

Case Studies for Patients

Hughes, Graham

2009, XIV, 94 p.

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Antiphospholipid Syndrome or Hughes Syndrome was the major medical discovery of the late 20th century; for many it is still deemed a ‘new’ disease. As a result many people are now living with the disease with little knowledge of its causes, effects and available treatments. Many of these patient’s are also struggling to cope with the daily demands posed by living with such an illness.

Understanding Hughes Syndrome: case studies for patients, presents 50 case histories, each covered independently to give a comprehensive view of the vast spectrum that is Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Neurological aspects and effects are covered in approximately half the text, with the remainder covering everything from repeated miscarriages to easy bruising.

The provision of personal accounts of Antiphospholipid Syndrome makes this book the ultimate companion to people living with the disease; giving not only the facts but also the personal touch that many people need when coming to terms, and dealing, with their condition.


Understanding Hughes Syndrome: case studies for patients is written by Graham R.V. Hughes, MD, FRCP, a world-renowned expert in the field of rheumatology, and as the name suggests discoverer of Hughes or Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Hughes is also the Head of The London Lupus Centre, Founder and Editor of the international journal Lupus, and life president of the lupus patient’s charity ‘Lupus UK’.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Parkinson - brain - fertility - infertility - inflammation - pain - pregnancy - spinal cord

Related subjects » Gynecology - Medicine - Neurology - Rheumatology

Table of contents 

The Brain.- Late for the Wedding.- Falling Over.- Diplomatic Epilepsy.- Weak Legs.- “Multiple Sclerosis” …….- Teenage Migraine…….- Getting Only Half the Picture.- Difficult Crossword Puzzles…….- Playing the Wrong Notes…….- Speaking Gibberish…….- I Lost My Sense of Smell…….- Movement, Jerks and Twitches…….- Mad Cow Disease…….- St. Vitus Dance…….- Parkinson's Disease…….- Missing the Target…….- The Headmistress Who Forgot…….- “Personality Disorder” in a 4-Year-Old …….- To Sleep … Perchance to Dream.- …and Other Organs.- The Lung.- The Skin.- The Liver.- The Heart.- Backpacking in Australia.- Short of Breath in Scandinavia…….- The Blood.- The Adrenal Glands.- The Digestive System.- The Reproductive System.- The Limbs.- Pain in the Foot (“Toelitis”).- Ear, Nose and Throat.- The Kidneys.- “Multi-System Failure” The computer has crashed..- Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Infertility.- Eleven Miscarriages.- Late Pregnancy Tragedy…….- The Infertility Clinic.- Causes and Effects.- ‘The Pill and I……’.- A Bad Back…….- “A Miracle”…….- Climbing the Andes.- Fear of Flying…….- The Lambeth Walk.- ”The Tests are Negative!”.- Aspects of Treatment.- “My Sister has Hughes Syndrome”.- Trial and Error.- “I Saved the Country £73,000”.- What Happened Next?.- “Your Condition Doesn't Exist”.- “I've Got My Life Back!”.

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