Elevated FVIII levels in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia: Implications for clinical management

Laryngoscope Investig Otolaryngol. 2023 Dec 14;9(1):e1196. doi: 10.1002/lio2.1196. eCollection 2024 Feb.


Objectives: The objective of this study was twofold: to determine the prevalence of arterial and venous thromboembolic events in the Norwegian Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) population, and to explore potential factors linked to such events, with particular emphasis on FVIII.

Methods: Patients with an HHT diagnosis attending the Otorhinolaryngology Department at Oslo University Hospital-Rikshospitalet were included consecutively between April 2021 and November 2022. We recorded the participants' medical history with an emphasis on thromboembolic events. Measurements of blood constituents, including FVIII, FIX, vWF, hemoglobin, iron, ferritin, and CRP were performed.

Results: One hundred and thirty-four patients were included in the study. The total prevalence of thromboembolic events among the participants was 23.1%. FVIII levels were high (>150 IU/dL) in the majority of HHT patients (n = 84) (68.3%) and were significantly associated with thromboembolic events (p < .001), as was age. Of the patients with high FVIII levels, 28 (33%) had experienced a thromboembolic event. Furthermore, FVIII levels were measured consecutively in 51 patients and were found to fluctuate above or below 150 IU/dL in 25% of these cases.

Conclusion: Thromboembolic events are highly prevalent in the Norwegian HHT population and are significantly associated with FVIII levels. FVIII levels can fluctuate, and measurements should be repeated in HHT patients to assess the risk of thromboembolic events.

Level of evidence: 4.

Keywords: FVIII; HHT; Osler; hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia; thrombosis.