Molecular Genetic Testing: Thrombophilia Panel

Also known as:  hereditary thrombophilia panel.

What is molecular genetic testing: thrombophilia panel?

Molecular genetic testing refers to a wide variety of tests performed on blood and tissue to screen for genetic disorders. A thrombophilia panel specifically looks for variations in DNA that can predispose people to thromboembolism later in life. A thromboembolism is a blood clot that can pose risks to people later in life, such as leg pain or stroke.

What happens during the procedure?

All that’s required for the test is a basic blood draw, typically from the arm but sometimes from another area of the body. Then the blood sample is taken to a laboratory for testing. Sometimes a sample of bone marrow is required and can be obtained in a similar fashion.

Is any special preparation needed? 

No special preparation is needed for the test.

What are the risk factors?

There are slights risks of infection, bleeding, bruising or swelling related to the blood draw.

Reviewed by: Parul B Jayakar, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/22/2018 1:53:06 PM

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