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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.


Hey guys some advice needed.

Started by Ashmac in General. Last reply by Ashmac on Monday. 10 Replies

Hello there my name is ashley and I'm new to the group. My son has been diagnosed with vwd. At his first appointment on Wednesday it was a fair bit to take in. They said he is borderline between type 1 and 2 so just waiting on the results of the…Continue

My daughter/ Anyone in Michigan?

Started by Patty in General. Last reply by tesstee on Saturday. 5 Replies

Hello everyone.  I took my daughter to the gynecologist for heavy menstrual bleeding.  Her Von Willebrands factor just came back 39 (should be over 50).  Now looking back this is starting to all make sense.  I have sooo many questions.Can motrin…Continue

qualitative v quantitative

Started by labarista in General. Last reply by VWDgirl on Friday. 7 Replies

hello, 20 years ago I was diagnosed with Von Willebrands in Canada. Now to make a long story short despite many issues when I found myself moving around the globe, I never got treatment of any kind and since leaving Canada I didn't need any kind of…Continue

How do you find good doctors and hospitals?????

Started by Johntheelder in General. Last reply by dancermom on Friday. 1 Reply

I am a type III vWD, special category- acquired not hereditary, apparently my immune system attacks VWF with inhibitors and I lose all my VWF and factor VIII. Unfortunately my immune system has been very active the last three or so years so I have…Continue

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Does anyone get sick when they bleed?

Posted by onemom on August 29, 2014 at 1:05am 13 Comments

My daughter age 14 becomes ill with some kind of virus or another every time she bleeds.  After tons of allergy and immunology tests, a ct scan of her lungs, vaccines vitamins, everything looks normal.  Her pediatrician fell that it is probably…



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