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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.


My daughter/ Anyone in Michigan?

Started by Patty in General. Last reply by onemom 7 hours ago. 10 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

Teen daughter with heavy and prolonged periods

Started by Kika in General. Last reply by onemom 8 hours ago. 15 Replies

I am looking to start a support group for my daughter.  She is 14 years old and has very heavy and prolonged bleeding with her periods.  Being a teen and dealing with heavy periods is very tough on her.  Nothing seems to help her either.  Tried…Continue

Nosebleeds/VW/Stymate questions

Started by Gilligan Girl in General 15 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi again,Well, my hematologist did not think the nosebleeds were caused by Nioxin.  I've stopped using it nevertheless.  He also suggested I see an ENT for cauterization.  I was hesitant to proceed, but did so after hearing from someone that it's no…Continue


Started by Perth Mum in General. Last reply by Perth Mum yesterday. 6 Replies

Today was finally the day after months of waiting to see my Haematologist!I have been seeing a different GP lately due to Heart problems. I have been having really bad palpitations. So I have done the Halter Monitor and echo however she said it…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.

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"Our hospital has the same type of support group camp.  I signed my daughter up for it last…"
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My daughter/ Anyone in Michigan?

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

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