Early onset of abdominal venous thrombosis in a newborn with homozygous type II heparin-binding site antithrombin deficiency

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Abstract

The overall incidence of thromboembolic events in the neonatal period is 5 per 100 000 births, wherein more than 40% of all such manifestations are symptomatic renal vein thromboses. We describe the case of a newborn female who developed extensive thrombosis, which filled the inferior vena cava and renal vein and was diagnosed in the first weeks of life. A homozygous type II heparin-binding site antithrombin deficiency (c. 391C>T, p. Leu131Phe) was detected in the background. Despite the timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, clinical signs of renal insufficiency, because of left kidney atrophy and arterial hypertension, were observed. Our case demonstrates the seriousness of the consequences arising after early onset of venous thrombosis caused by homozygous type II heparin-binding site antithrombin deficiency. In addition to prompt diagnosis, of huge importance is the determination of inherited thrombophilia, as it significantly affects therapeutic treatment and indicates that long-term follow-up is mandatory.

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