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Thrombophilia is a term which includes a number of genetic conditions which increase the tendency of the blood to clot, leading to sometimes serious and/or life-threatening complications depending on the location of the clot.

Severity of complications associated with thrombophilia vary depending upon location and size of the clot. Clots in the extremities can cause superficial thrombophlebitis or deep vein thrombosis (DVT), both painful conditions. Clots in other areas of the body, such as the veins of major organs like the brain, liver and lungs, can be acutely life-threatening, and arterial clots can cause stroke and heart attack. Persons with thrombophilia wishing to have children should be aware of possible complications including stillbirth, preeclampsia, eclampsia.

Treatments are available to reduce the chance of complications and/or clotting events in persons with thrombophilia, and several tests are available to diagnose various forms of thrombophilia. As with any chronic medical condition, the key to managing thrombophilia is access to information. This website exists to help persons affected by thrombophilia by serving as a portal to a wide array of diverse and up-to-date information, education, treatment, research, peer support and more.

When I was diagnosed almost 20 years ago there was only one link on the web. I had questions and I didn't know where to go for answers. Now there are many pages of information out there. I'm not a doctor. I just pass along information. I've had multiple clotting events. I hope by sharing this information, you will not have the medical experiences that I have had. Please pass along any links you think are useful so I can update the site for all of us.

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