An abnormal fibrinogen was identified in a man with suspicious prolonged prothrombin time and a mild bleeding tendency. Coagulation studies showed marked prolonged thrombin and reptilase clotting times and a discrepancy between functional fibrinogen test and fibrinogen antigen. The rate of fibrinopeptide B release by thrombin was slightly delayed while the release of fibrinopeptide A was only half the normal amount. DNA sequencing revealed a heterozygous C to T point mutation in position 1202 of exon 2 of the Aα chain, resulting in the substitution of Arg → Cys at position 16, the thrombin cleavage site. This mutation was found also in his 2 children. Both had a mild bleeding tendency too.

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