When is a workup for hereditary and acquired hypercoagulability indicated?

Updated: Jan 05, 2018
  • Author: Paul Schick, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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The decision to initiate a laboratory workup for thrombophilia is complex. [18, 19, 20, 21] A workup for thrombophilia is usually indicated only in patients with one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Recurrent thromboembolic episodes
  • Thromboembolism at a young age (ie, <40 y)
  • A family history for thromboembolism
  • Thrombosis in an unusual site

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