SESSION TITLE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster - Critical Care I
SESSION TYPE: Student/Resident Case Report Poster
PRESENTED ON: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
INTRODUCTION: Catastrophic antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (CAPS) is a rare variant of antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APL), occurring in less than 1% of APL cases, with an often perilous outcome. Triggered by trauma or infection, APL is a disease of microvascular thrombosis. Microvascular damage often occurs in the lungs, kidneys or skin. Rarely, patients with CAPS suffer thrombotic storm with large-vessel thrombosis of both arteries and veins in addition to microthrombi. Up to 25% of CAPS patients report gastrointestinal problems later in the disease course, but less than 1% of reported cases present with GI symptoms1. Below is an unusual case of a woman presenting with GI abscess from CAPS thrombotic storm.