Background: The G202010A prothrombin gene mutation is a documented prothrombotic risk factor in Caucasian patients. Several other mutations have been described within the prothrombin gene, predominantly in non-Caucasians, including the C20209T mutation. The clinical significance of this mutation is uncertain, but it has been associated with thrombotic events and pregnancy complications.
Methods: We describe a 28-year-old black South African woman who presented with pulmonary embolism during pregnancy. She was investigated for underlying prothrombotic biomarkers.
Results: Genetic screening for the prothrombin G202010A mutation by real-time polymerase chain reaction and melting curve analysis demonstrated an atypical mutant peak. Sequencing confirmed a variant C20209T prothrombin mutation.
Conclusions: This is the first report of the C20209T mutation in the Southern African population. It remains uncertain whether genetic testing should be offered routinely to non-Caucasian patients in a resource-limited setting.