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Pediatric Factor VII Deficiency Follow-up

  • Author: Helge Dirk Hartung, MD; Chief Editor: Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
Updated: Oct 06, 2015

Further Outpatient Care

Ideally, individuals with severe factor VII (FVII) deficiency should be monitored by a comprehensive hemophilia care team that has experience in the diagnosis and management of inherited bleeding disorders.



Individuals who may require plasma-derived coagulation factor concentrates should be immunized with hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines.

Patients should avoid use of aspirin and other drugs, including alcohol, that affect platelet function.

Consider prophylactic therapy in patients with recurrent bleeding episodes or CNS hemorrhage.

Patients should maintain good dental hygiene to prevent dental or periodontal disease.

Individuals should participate in appropriate physical activity to maintain muscle strength, and they should wear appropriate protective gear for activities.



Complications may include the following:

  • Recurrent bleeding, particularly hemarthroses, which can result in progressive damage to joints and chronic arthropathy. Management of recurrent hemarthroses applies the principles used in hemophilia care.
  • A risk of thrombosis can be associated with the combination of surgery and factor VII replacement therapy using prothrombin complex concentrate or high doses of factor VII concentrates.

Patient Education

Patients and families should be given instruction and educational materials to enable them to understand FVII deficiency, to recognize the symptoms and signs of bleeding, and to identify emergency situations.

Patients should know how to contact their treatment center for immediate treatment, and they should know where to receive emergency care.

Patients should wear a MedicAlert bracelet or carry other identification showing their bleeding disorder and recommended therapy.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Helge Dirk Hartung, MD Attending Physician, Division of Hematology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

James L Harper, MD Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Associate Chairman for Education, Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Creighton University School of Medicine; Director, Continuing Medical Education, Children's Memorial Hospital; Pediatric Director, Nebraska Regional Hemophilia Treatment Center

James L Harper, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, American Federation for Clinical Research, Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Hematology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Renown Heath

Max J Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA is a member of the following medical societies: American College of Healthcare Executives, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Society for Pediatric Research

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.


Gary R Jones, MD Associate Medical Director, Clinical Development, Berlex Laboratories

Gary R Jones, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Western Society for Pediatric Research

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Intrinsic and extrinsic pathways of coagulation. Factor VII/tissue factor complex activates factor IX and factor X. Factor IXa along with factor VIIIa results in formation of more factor Xa. Factor Xa along with factor Va converts prothrombin to thrombin.
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