Factor V Leiden

Other Known Aliasesrs6025

Definitionmutated form of factor V that is unable to bind to protein C and leads to a hypercoaguable state

Clinical SignificanceThis is the most common hereditary hypercoaguability disorder in patients with European lineage. It increases the lifetime risk of DV, PTE, and stroke and patient are managed with lifelong anticoagulation.

HistoryNamed after the Dutch city of Leiden where it was first discovered by Professor Rogier Bertina and Professor Pieter Reitsma in 1994 and subsequently published in Nature in their article entitled “Mutation in blood coagulation factor V associated with resistance to activated protein C”. Leiden has been one of Europe’s most prominent scientific centres for more than 400 years. It contains the oldest university in the Netherlands and has produced 13 Nobel Prize winners.


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