What is the role of factor V Leiden testing in the workup of antithrombin III (ATIII) deficiency?

Updated: Feb 10, 2018
  • Author: James L Harper, MD; Chief Editor: Hassan M Yaish, MD  more...
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The most common congenital procoagulant disorder, factor V Leiden, occurs in about 5% of patients and needs to be documented when attempting to make the diagnosis of congenital antithrombin III deficiency. Knowing what this level is also helps to define a given patient's procoagulant risk.

Although factor V Leiden does not commonly produce thrombosis during childhood, it may contribute to thrombosis started by other etiologies (eg, central venous catheters).

Physicians should note that this is not a measurement of factor V activity, but rather a determination of a specific mutation of factor V that leads to a decreased sensitivity to the inhibitory effects of protein C.


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