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2022 Feb

Reumatol Clin (Engl Ed)



Could Frida Kahlo have had antiphospholipid syndrome?


Morales Torres J, Aceves F J, Amigo Castañeda M C, Hernández Cuevas C B
Reumatol Clin (Engl Ed). 2022 Feb; 18(2):65-68.
PMID: 35153038.


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).