JUN 10, 2016 8:00 AM PDT

Lupus Anticoagulant (LA): Choosing the Right Testing Strategy for Your Laboratory

Sponsored by: Diagnostica Stago, Inc.
Speakers
  • Associate Professor of Pathology at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) and University of California Los Angeles Hospital
    Biography
      Oksana Volod, MD is Associate Professor of Pathology at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) and University of California Los Angeles Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. She is responsible for the coagulation laboratory and works extensively across multiple departments to ensure best patient testing practices. Her clinical research interests include viscoelastic test utilization for personalized treatment of complex coagulopathies and development of optimal anticoagulation strategies for patients on mechanical circulatory support devices (MCS). In addition, she is a member of the Coagulation Resource Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Prior to her current position, she performed her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, along with a fellowship in hematopathology and coagulation at CSMC. She was also a visiting fellow in coagulation at the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK and previously earned her MD at the Uzhgorod State University in Ukraine.

    Abstract:

    Lupus anticoagulants are markers of prothrombotic potential which may be indicative of underlying antiphospholipid syndrome (aPS) requiring treatment with ongoing anticoagulants.  The purpose of this educational program is to update healthcare professionals regarding advancements in Lupus Anticoagulant (LA) testing. Current LA diagnostic guidelines, clinical evidence regarding LA significance, assay selection, and anticoagulant drugs interfering with LA testing will be discussed, along with clinical cases of high interest.

    • Describe role of Lupus Anticoagulant (LA) in Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS).
    • Define current ISTH and CLSI Guidelines, identify tests, and define patient selection for appropriate LA work up.
    • Recognize medications that may cause false positive LA results.
    • Evaluate the right testing strategy for LA testing.
    • Correlate LA and APS to specific clinical cases.

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