Extrahepatic portal vein thrombosis in children and adolescents: Influence of genetic thrombophilic disorders

Andrea Pietrobattista, Matteo Luciani, Juan G. Abraldes, Manila Candusso, Simona Pancotti, Massimo Soldati, Lidia Monti, Giuliano Torre, Valerio Nobili

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Aim: To explore the prevalence of local and genetic thrombophilic disorders as risk factors for portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in our series, the largest ever published in pediatric literature. Methods: We conducted a case-control study enrolling 31 children with PVT and 26 age-matched controls. All were screened for thrombophilia, including genetic disorders, protein C, protein S and homocysteine deficiencies. All coagulation parameters were studied at least 3 mo after the diagnosis of portal vein obstruction. Results: In our study we showed that most pediatric patients with PVT have local prothrombotic risk factors, which are probably the most important factors leading to PVT. However, there is a clear association between the presence of prothrombotic disorders and PVT, suggesting that these increase the risk of thrombosis in patients with local factors such as perinatal umbilical vein catheterization or sepsis. Conclusion: Patients with PVT should be screened for inherited prothrombotic disorders regardless of a history of an obvious local risk factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6123-6127
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Children
  • Portal vein thrombosis
  • Protein C
  • Protein S
  • Thrombophilic disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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