Splanchnic Vein Thrombosis in the Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Imo J. Akpan, Brady Lee Stein*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of Review: To review the epidemiology, diagnostic challenges, pathogenesis, and treatment strategies for patients with myeloproliferative neoplasm-associated splanchnic vein thrombosis. Recent Findings: The epidemiology of myeloproliferative neoplasm-associated splanchnic vein thrombosis (MPN-SVT) has been well characterized. While typical MPN-associated thrombosis affects older patients and involves the arterial circulation, MPN-SVT mostly impacts younger women. An association with JAK2 V617F is well-known; recent studies have demonstrated only a weak association with CALR mutations. JAK inhibition may represent a novel treatment strategy, complementing anticoagulation, and management of portal hypertension. Summary: While the epidemiology has been well characterized, more work is needed to identify novel contributors to disease pathogenesis, beyond the JAK2 V617F mutation itself, and endothelial compromise. Testing for MPN mutations in the setting of non-cirrhotic SVT is commonplace; JAK2 V617F is the most likely to be identified. Testing for CALR or MPL mutations requires clinical judgement, though not unreasonable. The mainstay of therapy is indefinite anticoagulation; the role of direct oral anticoagulants is unclear. JAK inhibition may play a role in addressing associated splenomegaly and portal hypertension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Hematologic Malignancy Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • JAK2 V617F mutation
  • Myeloproliferative neoplasm
  • Polycythemia vera
  • Splanchnic vein thrombosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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