What should be included in patient education about antithrombin III (ATIII) deficiency?

Updated: Mar 04, 2020
  • Author: James L Harper, MD; Chief Editor: Hassan M Yaish, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Education regarding signs and symptoms of thrombi, as well as the risks associated with warfarin therapy, is the cornerstone of management.

  • Given the teratogenic potential of warfarin, carefully instruct female patients on the importance of avoiding pregnancy. These patients should alert their hematology team regarding any pregnancy or intention to become pregnant so that alternative anticoagulation strategies may be explored in a timely manner.

  • For excellent patient education resources, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Blood Clot in the Legs.

  • Medlineplus.gov has a continually updated listing of patient information for antithrombin deficiency.


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