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Thrombophilia : Diagnosis

How is Thrombophilia diagnosed?

The diagnosis of thrombophilia is made by blood tests; specific blood tests for each known thrombophilia are available. Testing should be offered only to patients for whom the results will have an impact on their care. Thrombophilia testing in individuals without any personal history or family history of DVT/ or PE is not appropriate.

While there are no formal guidelines as to who should be tested, suggested candidates for testing include:

Even in the circumstances listed above, specific thrombophilia testing should not be viewed as "mandatory," and an in-depth evaluation and discussion with a knowledgeable physician are of utmost importance prior to determining the goals of testing. And even if testing is deemed indicated or appropriate, not all thrombophilias may need to be screened.

The timing of thrombophilia testing is as important as the decision to proceed with testing or not. Testing should be avoided during hospitalization, during periods of severe illness, as well as during pregnancy, because of the potential for false-positive results. The use of certain medications, such as blood thinners and birth control pills or hormone replacement pills or patches may also lead to false-positive results.

Thrombophilia section was last modified: December 21, 2010 - 06:06 pm

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