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Protein C deficiency

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease

  • Hereditary thrombophilia due to protein C deficiency
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What causes protein C deficiency?

Protein C deficiency can be either inherited or acquired. Acquired protein C deficiency may be caused by large blood clots, liver disease, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), infection (sepsis), and vitamin K deficiency. Treatment with warfarin or certain types of chemotherapy can also cause acquired protein C deficiency.[1]

Hereditary protein C deficiency is caused by mutations in the gene that provides instructions for making protein C, called the PROC gene. These mutations disrupt the protein's ability to control blood clotting. If protein C cannot control blood clotting, abnormal blood clots may form.[2]
Last updated: 9/20/2011

References
  1. Cuker A, Pollak ES. Protein C Deficiency. eMedicine Journal. August 2011; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/205470-overview. Accessed 9/20/2011.
  2. Protein C deficiency. Genetics Home Reference. October 2009; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=proteincdeficiency. Accessed 9/20/2011.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Hereditary thrombophilia due to protein C deficiency
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.