DVT(deep vein thrombosis)

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   Posted 3/9/2011 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to let everybody know about some inherited disorder very common among caucasians that increases the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) which I had never heard of before. A few days ago I learned that one of my first cousins was diagnosed with DVT and subsequently developped pulmonary ambolism and as a result a blood test was done and they found him to be positive for Factor V Leiden. This is a gene mutation that interferes with blood clotting.  If both parents test positive for it, that greatly increases the risk of developing DVT down the road. Having a positive test result would allow someone to take precautions in order to avoid DVT and its deadly pulmonary ambolism.

Post Edited (ticubbs) : 3/9/2011 9:23:45 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 3/11/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ticubbs,
Thanks for sharing that information. Unfortunately 50% of the time blood clots present with no symptoms. I had one six weeks after foot surgery, and fortunately I had symptoms and was treated before the clot was able to travel anywhere.

If a family member had a DVT with no underlying reason, it certainly makes all kinds of sense to be tested. Again, thanks for the heads up!

Here is a link to a website with additional information:

Take care,
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