Information for Patients

Information for Patients

Most people who develop a blood clot in their vein have either a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a blood clot in their lung (pulmonary embolism). A very small number of people who develop blood clots have more serious and often life-threatening symptoms. Some of these people have what is called Thrombotic Storm (TS). TS is characterized by more than one blood clot in a short period of time. These clots occur in different, and sometimes unusual, locations in the body. This very aggressive and serious form of blood clotting is often difficult to treat.

TS may be associated with an existing condition or situation that predisposes a person to blood clots such as cancer, infections, or pregnancy. It has also been seen in patients with Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS). In this situation, he condition is called ‘catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome’, or catastrophic APS. Thrombotic Storm as been seen in patients of all ages.

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