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Jan 23, 2024

Blood clots, legitimate concern about blood clots, and well-honed knowledge about blood clots are all part of our profession’s requirements for safe practice, right? And over the years I’ve been doing I Have a Client Who . . ., I’ve received dozens of stories about blood clots in one context or another. Today, we’ll look at yet another: a condition called Factor Five Leiden.




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Chronic Venous Insufficiency - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 10 January 2024).


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Ghalaut, P.S. et al. (2014) ‘Ischemic Stroke in a Patient with Heterozygous Factor V Leiden Mutation: An Uncommon Association’, Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion, 30(Suppl 1), pp. 335–337. Available at:


Jehangir, W. et al. (2014) ‘Treatment for Factor V Leiden, Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A Case Report and Review of Literature’, Journal of Hematology, 3(2), pp. 43–45.

Trani, J.L. and Lawson, J.H. (2007) ‘5 - HYPERCOAGULABLE STATES ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY’, in J.J. Bergan and C.K. Shortell (eds) Venous Ulcers. San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 55–65. Available at:





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Ruth Werner is a former massage therapist, a writer, and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She wrote A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, now in its seventh edition, which is used in massage schools worldwide. Werner is also a long-time Massage & Bodywork columnist, most notably of the Pathology Perspectives column. Werner is also ABMP’s partner on Pocket Pathology, a web-based app and quick reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. Werner’s books are available at And more information about her is available at