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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.


Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Started by Nel in General. Last reply by Nel 22 hours ago. 2 Replies

For those of you across the water in the US and all who celebrate Thanksgiving Day, I hope you have a brilliant day and don't have to work too hard. In the midst of difficult times we can all acknowledge the good things in our lives.With very best…Continue

Anyone else on here that have kids diagnosed with VWD? I would like to hear your story on how they were diagnosed.

Started by DeAnn in General. Last reply by dancermom on Tuesday. 2 Replies

My 3yr old last April woke up vomiting blood at 3 o'clock in the morning. I took him to the Blair E. Batson children's hospital in Jackson, MS. His blood pressure was so high and so was his fever. They checked inside of his stomach and saw nothing…Continue

How is Everyone?

Started by Nel in General. Last reply by Karl Nov 22. 1 Reply

It's been awhile since we have heard from some of you. Now is a good time to check in, say hello to our newer members, and tell us how you are and what is on your minds. We hope to hear from you soon.

What Have You Done for Fun Lately? (from my good friend SK)

Started by dancermom in General. Last reply by SK Nov 21. 3 Replies

This is one ingredient of living that we don't want to leave out! No matter what, we need to always have some fun times, they are simply good for our soul!So tell us, what have you done for fun?Continue

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Welcome to Living with VWD!

The goal of this site is to help and provide support to people affected by Von Willebrand's Disease, along with the families and friends.

Here is how you can optimize your FREE membership.

  • Share your VWD story and experiences on the My Page tab
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This site is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or replace the service of your physician, but solely to provide peer-to-peer support and to enable you to make informed decisions about your health with the guidance of healthcare professionals.

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Nel replied to Nel's discussion Happy Thanksgiving Day!
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"Welcome cak, good to have you with us! Please join in and get to know everyone!"

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Von Willebrands affecting joints?

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Wow -- are artificial platelets in our future?

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