Objective. - To review the role of acquired and inherited prothrombotic risk factors that increase the risk of thrombosis in oral contraceptive users, during pregnancy, and in neonates, infants, and children; and to determine by the consensus opinion of recognized experts in the field which risk factors should be determined in which individuals at which time. Data Sources. - Review of the medical literature and current clinical practice by a panel of experts in the field of thrombophilia. Data Extraction and Synthesis. - The experts made an extensive review of the published literature and prepared a draft manuscript, which included preliminary recommendations. The draft manuscript was circulated to participants in the College of American Pathologists Conference XXXVI: Diagnostic Issues in Thrombophilia prior to the conference. The manuscript and recommendations were then presented at the conference for discussion. Recommendations were accepted if a consensus of the 26 experts attending the conference was reached. The results of the discussion were used to revise the manuscript into its final form. Conclusions. - This report reviews the options for testing for thrombophilic states in women using oral contraceptives, during pregnancy, and in neonates and children. General guidelines for testing in these clinical situations are provided, along with citation of the appropriate supporting literature.
|Number of pages
|Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
|Published - Nov 2002
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Medical Laboratory Technology