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What is Von Willebrand's Disease?

Von Willebrand's Disease is a common hereditary coagulation abnormality caused by a qualitative or quantitative deficiency of von Willebrand factor (vWF). Von Willebrand factor (vWF) is a protein that is essential for platelet adhesion.

There are three forms of VWD: inherited, acquired and pseudo or platelet type. There are three types of hereditary VWD: VWD Type I, VWD Type II and VWD III. Within the three inherited types of vWD there are various subtypes. Platelet type VWD is also an inherited condition.

VWD Type I is the most common type of the disorder and those that have it are typically asymptomatic or may experience mild symptoms such as nosebleeds although there may be severe symptoms in some cases.

There are various factors that affect the presentation and severity of symptoms of vWD such as blood type.


Son has really black eyes is tired and has pain. Some advice please.

Started by Ashmac in General. Last reply by Ashmac Oct 17. 10 Replies

Hi there. My son who has type 2 vwd just recently diagnosed has been complaining of a sore ankle for months now on and off and now is complaining of shoulder pain too. He says sometimes it's unbearable and then other days nothing. And he has also…Continue

Where are my fellow Type 3 Severe folks at???

Started by BondGirl007 in General. Last reply by Johntheelder Oct 15. 6 Replies

Hey all! :)Just checking in to see how many Type 3 vWd's are on this site???  I love meeting other severe peeps and sharing our horror stories! :)  Comment on this discussion if you are Type 3 <3Thanks,StacyContinue

Tags: III, vwd, 3, type

Pain Research News

Started by dkel9307 in General Oct 9. 0 Replies

Hi EveryoneOne of our great Moderators (Mads) on the Living With Erythromelalgia site came up with a great idea that we thought was worth sharing across the board.I know some of you are not chronically ill, or in chronic pain, but chances are you…Continue

Avoiding Scammers and Spammers

Started by dkel9307 in General Oct 8. 0 Replies

Hi EveryoneAt times, we have problems with scammers and spammers, and the problem is growing as our communities grow.Hence, I thought I would share a notice that Red Lawhern, Lead Moderator for our Trigeminal Neuralgia Network just posted to his…Continue

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Welcome to Living with VWD!

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