Coagulation laboratory tests
Prothrombin gene 20210A testing

Author: Jeremy Parsons, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 17 May 2016, last major update November 2012

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Definition / general | Laboratory
Cite this page: Prothrombin gene 20210A testing. website. Accessed December 14th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Mutation in G to A transition at nucleotide 20210 in 3 untranslated portion of prothrombin gene, which introduces a new Hind III restriction site
  • Can identify heterozygotes and homozygotes
  • G20210A mutation in heterozygotes is associated with increased risk of first venous thromboembolic episode (Br J Haematol 2001;113:630)
  • Multiplexed arrays test for factor V Leiden, MTHFR C677T and other sequences
  • Specimen is whole blood
  • Usually PCR amplification of 3 untranslated region of prothrombin gene surrounding the 20210 polymorphism, then either gel electrophoresis, radioisotopic probing or restriction endonuclease digestion with Hind III to detect the nucleotide sequence