PubMed | University of Basel and 1 Service of Hematology
Type: | Journal: Clinical and applied thrombosis/hemostasis : official journal of the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis | Year: 2017
The utility of thrombophilia testing in clinical practice is still a matter of debate because studies have not shown a benefit in the reduction of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk in patients with thrombosis, despite the clearly higher VTE risk for first thrombosis. Screening for thrombophilia is indicated in selected patients. Particularly in selected young patients, especially women of childbearing age, the knowledge of the genetic thrombophilic defect may help in specific situations to decrease the risk of VTE events. Avoidance of modifiable risk factors and/or prophylactic thromboembolic procedures may be evaluated in selected patients. A comprehensive workup including personal and familial history, clinical examination, and laboratory test results including hereditary thrombophilia remains helpful in assessing the cumulative risk and the management of this group of selected patients.