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Pages 65-68 (February 2022)
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Vol. 18. Issue 2.
Pages 65-68 (February 2022)
Special Article
Could Frida Kahlo have had antiphospholipid syndrome?
¿Pudo Frida Kahlo padecer síndrome antifosfolípidico?
Jorge Morales Torresa,b,
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, Francisco Javier Acevesc, Mary Carmen Amigo Castañedad, Claudia Berenice Hernández Cuevasb
a Hospital Aranda de la Parra, León, GTO, Mexico
b Morales Vargas Centro de Investigación, León, GTO, Mexico
c Unidad de Artritis y Reumatismo, Guadalajara, JAL, Mexico
d Centro Médico ABC, Ciudad de México, Mexico
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Table 1. Features suggesting Antiphospholipid Syndrome in Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo's medical history shows sequelae of polio, a severe traumatic event that caused multiple fractures and a penetrating pelvic injury, as well as a history of countless surgeries. In her biographical accounts and her works, chronic disabling pain always appears for long periods. Besides, a chronic foot ulcer, gangrene that required amputation of the right leg, a history of abortions, and a positive Wasserman reaction suggest that the artist could have suffered from antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS).

Frida Kahlo
Antiphospholipid syndrome

La historia clínica de Frida Kahlo muestra secuelas de polio, un evento traumático grave que causó múltiples fracturas y una lesión penetrante de pelvis, así como historia de incontables cirugías. En sus recuentos biográficos y en sus obras, siempre aparece dolor crónico incapacitante por largos periodos. Además, una úlcera crónica del pie, gangrena que requirió la amputación de la pierna derecha, la historia de abortos y una reacción de Wasserman positiva sugieren que la artista podría haber padecido síndrome antifosfolipídico (SAF).

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Síndrome antifosfolipídico


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