The possible etiologic roles of infection and bed rest are discussed in connection with a case of maternal homozygous Leiden mutation leading to prematurity, maternal deep-vein thrombosis and neonatal intracranial hemorrhage in a heterozygous premature baby. Maternal bacterial infection and bed rest may trigger deep-vein femoral thrombosis in women with a homozygous Leiden mutation on tocolytic therapy for the treatment of premature labor. The neonate carrying at least one mutated allele of factor V Leiden might be at risk for the development of intracranial hemorrhage.

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