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Vol. 18. Issue 2.
Pages 65-68 (February 2022)
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Could Frida Kahlo have had antiphospholipid syndrome?
¿Pudo Frida Kahlo padecer síndrome antifosfolípidico?
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Jorge Morales Torresa,b,
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jorgitomorales@prodigy.net.mx

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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.
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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).

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Frida Kahlo
Antiphospholipid syndrome
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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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Frida Kahlo
Síndrome antifosfolipídico

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