Article Abstract

Rare thrombophilic conditions

Authors: Gian Luca Salvagno, Chiara Pavan, Giuseppe Lippi


Thrombophilia, either acquired or inherited, can be defined as a predisposition to developing thromboembolic complications. Since the discovery of antithrombin deficiency in the 1965, many other conditions have been described so far, which have then allowed to currently detect an inherited or acquired predisposition in approximately 60–70% of patients with thromboembolic disorders. These prothrombotic risk factors mainly include qualitative or quantitative defects of endogenous coagulation factor inhibitors, increased concentration or function of clotting proteins, defects in the fibrinolytic system, impaired platelet function, and hyperhomocysteinemia. In this review article, we aim to provide an overview on epidemiologic, clinic and laboratory aspects of both acquired and inherited rare thrombophilic risk factors, especially including dysfibrinogenemia, heparin cofactor II, thrombomodulin, lipoprotein(a), sticky platelet syndrome, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 apolipoprotein E, tissue factor pathway inhibitor, paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.