Factor XII deficiency is an inherited disorder that affects a protein (factor XII) involved in blood clotting.
When you bleed, the body a series of reactions takes place to help the blood clot. This is called the coagulation cascade. Factor XII is a special protein, called a coagulation factor, which helps in this process.
Each factor in the process triggers the next reaction. The final product is the blood clot. There is a higher chance of excess bleeding when one or more of these clotting factors are missing.
A lack of factor XII does not cause you to bleed abnormally. However, the blood takes longer than normal to clot in a test tube.
Factor XII deficiency is a rare inherited disorder.
There are usually no symptoms.
Treatment is usually not needed.
The outcome is expected to be good without treatment.
There are usually no complications.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
The health care provider usually discovers this condition when running other lab tests.
This is an inherited disorder. There is no known way to prevent it.
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Update Date 3/3/2013
Updated by: Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.