Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences

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Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS) – A case report



Catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome is a rare disease with positive antiphospholipid antibodies that progresses to a life-threatening condition resulting in multiple organ dysfunction and thromboses. Here is a 19-year young woman who presented to the emergency room in a haemodynamically unstable condition requiring immediate mechanical ventilator support. She had involvement of the disease in the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, and central nervous systems. She also developed gangrene of the left toes for which amputation was done. She was successfully treated with Dexamethasone Cyclophosphamide Pulse (DCP) therapy. The collaborative care by the health team members in the intensive care unit was successful in preventing complications and enhancing speedy recovery.