Thrombophilia is usually categorized into two types–acquired and inherited. In acquired thrombophilia the abnormal clotting is usually related to a specific cause, such as prolonged periods of bed rest after surgery, trauma to the leg, or having cancer. People with inherited thrombophilia tend to form clots due to a genetic predisposition inherited from their parents. People with inherited thrombophilia may have a family history of relatives with abnormal or excessive blood clotting. This brochure will explain how genes play a role in blood clotting and are related to inherited thrombophilia.
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