, Volume 86, Issue 11, pp 793-800
Date: 09 Aug 2007

JAK2V617F positive early stage myeloproliferative disease (essential thrombocythemia) as the cause of portal vein thrombosis in two middle-aged women: therapeutic implications in view of the literature

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The present study describes portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in two women as the first and single presenting symptom of latent or masked myeloproliferative disease (MPD). Essential thrombocythemia (ET) was suspected by a sustained increase in platelet count (>400 × 109/l) and slight splenomegaly on echogram. ET could be diagnosed by the presence of large platelet in peripheral blood smear, an increase in clustered large megakaryocytes in bone marrow smear and the presence of the JAK2V617F mutation. A subsequent biopsy specimen was consistent with the diagnosis of true ET. In patients with a first episode of splanchnic vein thrombosis (SVT), analysis of any venous thrombophilic risk factors as well as a JAK2V617F mutation status indicative for MPD is warranted. Administration of heparin followed by oral anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists is the treatment of choice in patients with SVT. Anticoagulation therapy combined with low-dose aspirin and proper treatment of the MPD is recommended in patients with SVT associated with the JAK2V617F mutation.