Quality statement 6: Thrombophilia testing
People with provoked deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism are not offered testing for thrombophilia.
Thrombophilia testing does not provide benefit and is unnecessary for people with provoked deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE).
Evidence of local arrangements to ensure people with provoked DVT or PE do not have testing for thrombophilia.
Service providers ensure systems are in place to ensure that people with provoked DVT or PE are not tested for thrombophilia.
Healthcare professionals ensure people with provoked DVT or PE are not tested for thrombophilia.
Commissioners ensure they commission services that do not carry out testing for thrombophilia in people with provoked DVT or PE.
People who have had a provoked (with an obvious cause) deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism are not offered tests for thrombophilia (a condition that makes the blood more likely to form clots).
Venous thromboembolic diseases: diagnosis, management and thrombophilia testing. NICE guideline NG158 (2020), recommendation 1.9.2
DVT or PE in a person with a recent (within 3 months) and transient major clinical risk factor for VTE – such as surgery, trauma, significant immobility (bedbound, unable to walk unaided or likely to spend a substantial proportion of the day in bed or in a chair), pregnancy or puerperium – or in a person who is having hormonal therapy (combined oral contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy). [NICE's guideline on venous thromboembolic diseases, terms used in this guideline section]