Factor V deficiency is a rare coagulation disorder and can be either inherited or acquired. It presents clinically with bleeding from various body parts and the bleeding ranges in severity from minor bleeding to life-threatening hemorrhage. Coagulation studies form the mainstay of diagnosis.
Factor V deficiency (FVD) is a rare bleeding disorder. It is either inherited as an autosomal recessive trait or acquired. Heterozygous individuals with this trait are asymptomatic   while homozygous individuals can present as early as in the neonatal period with either minor bleeding from the nipple , the stump of the umbilical cord or epistaxis, and gum bleeding  or catastrophic subdural or intracerebral hemorrhage. In some cases, the bleeding disorder is first noticed post-surgery, typically circumcision  although epistaxis and oral bleeding are the most common forms of presentation . Older individuals present with different patterns of bleeding such as hemarthrosis, menorrhagia and gastrointestinal bleeding. Studies have reported that there is no clear relationship between plasma factor V (FV) levels and the severity of bleeding  . Several patients have severe bleeding although their factor V levels are greater than 5% while patients with less than 1% factor V levels can have mild to moderate bleeding .
Acquired FVD also has a varied clinical presentation ranging from asymptomatic to life-threatening hemorrhages  such as postoperative retroperitoneal bleeding and hemoperitoneum . It occurs due to the formation of antibodies (inhibitors) to factor V. Earlier factor V inhibitors were reported to form after the intra-operative use of bovine thrombin  but now it is known that they can occur following transfusion of blood components, beta-lactam administration, surgical procedures, bacterial infections, malignancy, and autoimmune disorders  .
Entire Body System
Aim of this study was the identification and the molecular characterization of genetic defects underlying severe FV deficiency in a 7-month-old Turkish patient. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Notably, only six patients on factor V inhibitors have presented with thrombotic manifestations that include limb gangrene , multiple cerebral infarctions , deep vein thromboli [7–9], and upper extremity thrombi . [journals.lww.com]
- Inguinal Hernia
Patient was diagnosed with a non-obstructed left inguinal hernia and was scheduled for elective surgical repair. [sci.amegroups.com]
- Easy Bruising
Isolated factor V deficiency due to mutations in the F5 gene is a rare inherited coagulopathy typically associated with a broad spectrum of bleeding symptoms, ranging from easy bruising, delayed bleeding after haemostatic challenges such as trauma or [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Thrombin cleaves fibrinogen to form fibrin, leading to the ultimate step in coagulation, the formation of a fibrin clot. image by : leememorial.org Signs and Symptoms Nosebleeds Bleeding of the gums Easy bruising Excessive menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia [rnpedia.com]
Signs and Symptoms Nosebleeds Bleeding of the gums Easy bruising Excessive menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) Umbilical stump bleeding Excessive bleeding following injury Excessive bleeding following surgery Excessive bleeding after giving birth Prolonged [nursingcrib.com]
Common symptoms Nosebleeds (epistaxis) Easy bruising Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) Bleeding in the mouth, particularly after dental surgery or tooth extraction Other reported symptoms Bleeding in the gut (gastrointestinal haemorrhage [haemophilia.ie]
- Prolonged Bleeding
He complained of easy bruisability, prolonged bleeding from the mouth after minor trauma and hemarthrosis and flexion contracture of the right knee. His parents are heterozygous (maternal Factor V concentration 52%, paternal 40%). [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Excessive and prolonged bleeding during or following surgery, delivery or trauma are frequent. Women may present with menorrhagia. In severe forms of the disease, there can be a risk of intracranial, pulmonary or gastrointestinal bleedings. [orpha.net]
bleeding time Diagnosis factor V assay (showing decreased activity) activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) test (prolonged) prothrombin time (PT) test (prolonged) thrombin clotting time (TCT) test Treatment Fresh frozen plasma infusions (FFP). [rnpedia.com]
Liver, Gall & Pancreas
A 50-year-old man who had no previous hemorrhagic diathesis was referred to our hospital because of recurrent epistaxis, gingival bleeding and hemospermia. [ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
- Scrotal Pain
Case presentation A 59-year-old gentleman from Pakistan with no significant past medical history presented with sudden onset of severe scrotal pain and enlargement. The patient presented to local emergency room. [sci.amegroups.com]
In all cases presenting with bleeding a detailed family history inquiring about bleeding disorders and consanguinity is important. FVD should be considered in a full term neonate who presents with subdural or intracerebral bleeding, especially if the baby is born of a consanguineous marriage . Signs of bleeding such as hemarthrosis, epistaxis, oral bleeding as well as pallor should be looked for during physical examination. Coagulation studies must be promptly initiated by the physician or surgeon on noticing the first signs of bleeding. Bleeding time is prolonged in severe cases of FVD and thrombin time is usually normal. Prolonged prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) with a normal platelet count are the first indicators of a coagulation disorder and clotting factor assay showing low levels of factor V activity confirms the diagnosis . If acquired FVD is suspected then factor V inhibitor panel is ordered. A mixing test is helpful to differentiate between the inherited and acquired forms of FVD. In this test, a sample of the patient's plasma is mixed with normal plasma and the coagulations study (PT, aPTT, FV) is repeated. The presence of factor V inhibitor is confirmed if the coagulation study does not reveal correction of the abnormalities . Other supportive laboratory tests like complete blood count and hematocrit are also performed to manage the patient.
Radiological investigations are recommended immediately after initiation of coagulation therapy in patients suspected to have CNS hemorrhage or hemarthrosis. Depending on the suspected anatomical location of the bleeding computed tomographic scan, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography or nucleotide bleeding scan can be performed.
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