The UK NSC recommendation on Thrombophilia screening in pregnancy, newborns and adults

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed August 2017
Next review due in 2020/21
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Find general information about population health screening.

More about Thrombophilia

Thrombophilia is a condition where the blood has an increased tendency to form clots. This clotting is called thrombosis. There are many different causes, some of which are hereditary. Some people with thrombophilia have no problems, whereas others may need to take medication to prevent or treat clots.

» Read more about thrombosis and thrombophilia on NHS Choices


Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Recommendation Review History

The previous review of screening for thrombophilia (2010) covered screening in pregnancy, in newborns and in adults. The current review divides screening into two populations; antenatal, and neonatal and general adult population.

Related documents

icon One page summary: antenatal screening recommendation (June 2017) (PDF document, 70KB, 04/08/17)
icon One page summary: newborn & adult screening recommendation (June 2017) (PDF document, 73KB, 04/08/17)
icon Thrombophilia screening review 2010 (PDF document, 79KB, 07/02/17)
icon UK NSC summary: antenatal screening for thrombophilia (June 2017) (PDF document, 460KB, 04/08/17)
icon UK NSC summary: newborn & adult screening for thrombophilia (June 2017) (PDF document, 457KB, 04/08/17)

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