Pregnancy Thrombophilia

What is thrombophilia?
Thrombophilia is a term that is used to describe an increased tendency of developing clotting problems that may impact your health.  These conditions may be inherited or acquired during a woman’s life.

What are the symptoms of thrombophilia?
Many people with a thrombophilia do not experience symptoms. However, some may develop a thrombosis, or blood clot. If a blood clot breaks off and travels to vital organs, this is referred to as a venous thromboembolism, or VTE, which can be life-threatening under certain circumstances.

What are the risks of pregnancy thrombophilia?
Most patients with a clotting tendency have healthy pregnancies. However, patients with a thrombophilia may be more likely than other pregnant women to develop certain pregnancy complications. These complications may include repeated miscarriage, generally after the tenth week of pregnancy, stillbirth in the second or third trimesters, or a condition called placental abruption, which occurs when the placenta partially or fully peels away from the wall of the uterus prior to delivery.

Thrombophilia Testing
Women who have a family history of venous thromboembolism (VTE) before age 50 or those who have experienced pregnancy complications including two or more miscarriages after 10 weeks of gestation, stillbirth, or certain types of preeclampsia, may wish to speak with their physicians about the GenPath Pregnancy Thrombophilia Profile, which tests for inherited and acquired thrombophilias.