What is thrombophilia?

Also known as: acquired thrombophilia, inherited thrombophilia, hypercoagulable state.

Thrombophilia is an abnormality of the normal blood clotting mechanisms. This increases the chance of blood vessels clotting (thrombosis) anywhere in the body (arteries and veins).

Infants commonly present with thrombophilia in the first six months of life. There are two types of thrombophilia; Genetic (inherited) and acquired where the clotting abnormality is related to some other disease process.



Reviewed by: Maggie Eidson Fader, MD

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