What are factor V inhibitors?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Bishnu Prasad Devkota, MD, MHI, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FACP; Chief Editor: Eric B Staros, MD  more...
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Factor V inhibitors

An inhibitor to factor V (a contaminant of the bovine product) may develop in some individuals who have been exposed to surgical sealant containing topical bovine thrombin. In rare cases, cross-reactivity may cause a significant reduction in human factor V levels. Although these antibodies eventually disappear in weeks, patients with significant bleeding may require treatment with plasma and platelets.


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