SEARCH

SEARCH BY CITATION

Keywords:

  • haemophilia A;
  • haemophilia B;
  • phenotype;
  • genotype;
  • Lithuania

Haemophilia represents the most common hereditary severe bleeding disorder in humans. About 100 families with this condition live in Lithuania, one of the Baltic states with a population of 3·7 million. Haemophilia care and genetic counselling are still rendered difficult owing to limited availability of clotting factor concentrate and molecular genetic diagnosis. In the present study, a haemophilia registry, comprising phenotypic and genotypic data of the majority of Lithuanian haemophilia A and B patients, was established. The phenotype includes the degree of severity, factor VIII:C, factor VIII:Ag, factor IX:C, von Willebrand factor and antigen (VWF:RiCoF, vWF:Ag) and inhibitor status. Genotyping of the factor VIII and IX genes was performed using mutation screening methods and direct sequencing. In 61 out of 63 patients with haemophilia A (96·8%) and all eight patients with haemophilia B (100%), the causative mutations could be detected. Nineteen of the factor VIII gene defects and two of the factor IX gene mutations are reported for the first time. Identified mutations allowed direct carrier diagnosis in 83 female relatives revealing 44 carriers, 38 non-carriers and one somatic mosaicism. The information provided by this registry will be helpful for monitoring the treatment of Lithuanian haemophilia patients and also for reliable genetic counselling of the affected families in the future.