Hyperhomocysteinaemia and factor V Leiden mutation are associated with Budd–Chiari syndrome

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Abstract

Objectives

Budd–Chiari syndrome (BCS) is characterized by hepatic venous outflow obstruction and may be caused by various prothrombotic disorders. We aimed to study the role of hyperhomocysteinaemia, factor V Leiden mutation and G20210A prothrombin gene mutation in the pathogenesis of the syndrome.

Methods

Thirty-two patients (16 male, 16 female, aged 19–45 years) with angiographically verified BCS and 33 age-matched and sex-matched voluntary healthy controls (15 male, 18 female, aged 19–45 years) were included into the study. Factor V Leiden and prothrombin gene mutations were determined in extracted DNA from peripheric mononuclear cells, using a light cycler amplification system. Plasma homocysteine levels were measured by fluorescence polarization immunoassay.

Results

The homozygote factor V Leiden mutation was diagnosed in four BCS patients and the heterozygote mutation was diagnosed in five. The frequency of the mutant allele was 20.3% in BCS patients and 7.6% in the controls (P<0.05). There was no significant difference in prothrombin gene mutation frequency between the two groups. Serum homocysteine levels were significantly higher in the BCS group than in the controls (16.4±8.8 vs 11.0±2.7 μmol/l; P<0.01). BCS patients with the mutant factor V Leiden allele have significantly higher levels of serum homocysteine (22.1±13.3 vs 14.4±5.9 μmol/l; P<0.05).

Conclusions

Hyperhomocysteinaemia, especially when associated with the factor V Leiden mutation, is an important risk factor for the development of BCS.

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