n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Antiphospholipid syndrome in a young Nigerian girl presenting with gangrenous toes : online article - case report

Volume 24, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1995-1892
  • E-ISSN: 1680-0745



We report on a 21-year-old Nigerian girl with toe gangrene, which is one of the most unlikely forms of presentation of antiphospholipid syndrome among Africans. The essence of this case report is to raise awareness that, although antiphospholipid syndrome typically presents in Africans in association with a pregnancy-related event or a neuropathology, it should be considered as a differential diagnosis in all African patients with unexplained vasculitis. A high index of suspicion and early treatment will prevent toe amputations and reduce mortality rates.

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