I read on the Pulmonary Embolism group the other day that if you are on warfarin/coumadin and have the Lupus Anticoagulant test that you can and WILL get a false positive. I FREAKED out and that's an understatement. I was angry and excited at the same time thinking YES I may not have it and may not have to worry constantly about having miscarriages in the future. I worried all weekend. I called my hematologist first thing today. The actual hematologist called me back and said this was absolutely completely FALSE. There is NO chance the warfarin will change the results of the LA test results. I was relieved and sad at the same time knowing that I do in fact have the blood clotting disorder and have a chance of multiple miscarriages. I have been tested positive twice and will be tested for a third and final time in about 2 months. We expect this one to be positive as well. Especially since when I have my blood drawn, the blood stops flowing after every 1-2 vials and they have to re stick me and often end up in my knuckles and feet to get enough blood to fill all the vials. That is typical of someone with a blood clotting disorder. The phlebotomists said they can spot it a mile away. I trust my hematologist as he is considered the top hematologist in the state and is always in the magazines of the top 100 doctors in the state. He helped save my life in the hospital as well. I wonder why other doctors have said that blood thinners cause a false positive. Makes me wonder why there is such a difference in opinion or even if there are different tests that can be done for those on warfarin. Who knows. Just wanted to share what I learned today. Thanks!
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