Thrombophilia causes an alteration in a patient’s blood clotting process, which results in excessive blood clotting. Clotting is a natural and essential process that helps to stop bleeding in the event of injury to the blood vessels. This bodily response involves a balanced chain reaction of various chemicals in the blood, known as clotting factors, which together make the blood solidify and stick to the injured area. However, in patients with thrombophilia, the balance of these chemicals is irregular.
There are many specific thrombophilia causes, however, they can be broken into two broad categories:
- Acquired – Certain conditions acquired during a person’s lifetime can trigger excessive blood clotting. These conditions can result from behaviors like smoking or illnesses like cancer.
- Inherited – There are numerous thrombophilia causes, which are the result of genetic factors. For example, patients with Factor V Leiden have a genetic defect that causes the coagulation process to go on longer than is normal.
Tampa General Hospital’s physicians take a multispecialty approach to treating thrombophilia. By utilizing the most advanced technologies, we ensure that the assessment of our patients’ conditions is accurate and is used to form the most effective treatment plans. Though not common, thrombophilia sometimes causes more serious medical conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis and stroke. Our team has extensive experience providing timely, life-saving interventions. To be referred to a specialist with Tampa General Hospital, please visit our online PhysicianFinder or call 1-800-822-DOCS (3627).