Thrombophilia Screening

Indications for Thrombophilia Screening:

  • Patients with spontaneous/unprovoked venous thromboembolism before the age of 45 years
  • Patients with unexplained cerebrovascular accident before the age of 45 years
  • Patients with recurrent venous thrombosis before the age of 45 years
  • Patients with thrombosis in an unusual site
  • Patients with a history of venous thrombosis in first degree relatives before the age of 45 years
  • Patients with a history of three or more miscarriages or a full term foetal loss or stillbirth
  • Patients with warfarin induced skin necrosis
  • Patients with neonatal purpura fulminans

These are the BCSH guidelines for thrombophilia screening. Samples from patients not fitting into the above criteria will be stored untested for one month. In this situation please contact a Consultant Haematologist for advice.

Samples for any coagulation tests must be filled to a minimum of 90% of the fill line indicated on the sample tube. Any sample filled below this level will be reported as insufficient and a repeat sample will be required.


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