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Family Member Testing for Thrombophilia

| Clotting disorder - thrombophilia, Factor V Leiden, Inherited (genetic), Protein C deficiency, Protein S deficiency, Prothrombin 20210 mutation, Thrombophilia lab tests | 4 Comments »

Stephan Moll, MD writes…


If a thrombophilia (clotting disorder) has been identified in a patient with blood clots (venous thromboembolism = VTE), the question arises whether other family members should be tested for the same thrombophilia.

My Clinical Approach

My approach in clinical practice to thrombophilia testing in family members is summarized in table 1:  Testing of Family Members. Read the rest of this entry »

Long Distance Travel and Blood Clots

| Acquired risk factors, Prevention | 1 Comment »

Stephan Moll, MD writes…

Long distance travel, either by plane, car, bus or train, is a slight risk factor for DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism). The risk is low. However, there are some people who are at higher risk.  In these people compression stockings and/or a dose of an oral blood thinner ( Xarelto, Pradaxa) or one injection of a low-dose “blood thinner” (low molecular weight heparin, fondaparinux) may be appropriate. It is not known whether aspirin Read the rest of this entry »

Unexplained Arterial Clots – Causes, Thrombophilia Testing

| Arterial clots, Clotting disorder - thrombophilia | Comments Off on Unexplained Arterial Clots – Causes, Thrombophilia Testing

Stephan Moll, MD writes…

Arteries are the blood vessels that lead blood away from the heart into the periphery, i.e. to the extremities, the brain, the abdominal and pelvic organs. They deliver oxygen to organs and muscles. Veins lead the blood back to the heart, from where it flows into the lung to take up fresh oxygen. Blood clots in arteries can lead to stroke (so called ischemic stroke), heart attacks, or gangrene of the extremities. Blood clots in veins are called superficial thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE). Read the rest of this entry »