Presence of multiple anti-phospholipid antibody specificities in a pediatric population

Kenneth D. Beaman*, Alice Gilman-Sachs, Doris Cifuentes, Michael L Miller, Maurice R.G. O'gorman

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Thrombotic related events are thought to be associated with the presence of anti-phospholipid antibodies (APA). However, the association of anti-cardiolipin antibody is much weaker than the association with antibodies to other phospholipids. Much of the literature equates antiphospholipid antibodies and anticardiolipin antibodies because of the relationship of APA and false positive tests for syphilis. However, recently the presence of antibodies to naturally occurring phospholipids other than cardiolipin have been reported. In fact, some investigators report that antibodies to phosphatidylserine appear to correlate more closely to disease processes than anti-cardiolipin antibodies. We describe here the presence of non-anti-cardiolipin antiphospholipid antibodies in a pediatric population that lack anti-cardiolipin antibodies and demonstrate the association of these antibodies with thrombotic disease. Antibodies to phosphatidic acid were the most prevalent and correlated (p < 001) with thrombotic disease and idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura. The rank order of prevalence of antibodies to phospholipids was phosphatidic acid, phosphatidylglycerol, phosphatidylinosital, phosphatidylserine, cardiolipin and phosphatidylethanolamine. Antiphospholipid antibodies of the three major sera isotypes were present in the positive sera examined. These descriptive findings suggest that the significance of APA other than anti-cardiolipin antibodies in pediatric patients should be further investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-106
Number of pages8
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


  • Antiphospholipid
  • Isotype thrombosis
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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