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Do you know any person with von willebrand disease and factor five disorder both? I have both and I am told i can have no treatments?

Do you know any person with von willebrand disease and factor five disorder both? I have both and I am told i can have no treatments?

Uncommon problem: Factor v deficiency is really rare, but vw disease is very common, but sometimes overdiagnosed. There are known cases of combined factor v and viii deficiency (i have had 1 patient with this). There is no treatment that would reverse this, but in case of bleeding or anticipated blood loss, we do offer treatment that works very well. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
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Von Willebrand (Definition)

Von Willebrand disease is caused by a deficiency of von Willebrand factor. Von Willebrand factor helps blood platelets clump together and stick to the blood vessel wall, which is necessary for normal blood clotting. There are several types ...Read more


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What happens if my girlfriend has von willebrand disease and I don't what's the chances of our children getting it?

50% in most cases: an overwhelming majority of von Willebrand Disease (VWD) is dominant, meaning that if you carry one gene, you have VWD. Supposing that your girl friend has one VWD on one chromosone, and the other is normal, the chance of her passing that VWD gene to your offspring would be 50%. Most patients with VWD have type 1 disease which is fully compatible with normal life span. ...Read more

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As a child, doctors thought I might have von willebrand disease.

As a child, doctors thought I might have von willebrand disease.

Interesting.: Von willebrand disease is a difficult disease to diagnose. The most typical form is type 1, generating low levels of protein. However, your body can make this protein, and usually the treatment is a medication that "stresses" the body, causing release of von willebrand protein. I have known of several people who have low levels during childhood and the levels normalize later in life. ...Read more

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Can a person with von willebrand disease get a tattoo?

Can a person with von willebrand disease get a tattoo?

TATTOOS: Von willebrand disease (VWD) is a bleeding disorder. It affects your blood's ability to clot. If your blood doesn't clot, you can have heavy, hard-to-stop bleeding after an injury. I believe it might be dangerous to stop any of the bleeding that might occur during the tattooing pricess. I hope you are not disappointed. ...Read more

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Is a C-section dangerous for someone with von willebrand disease?

Possibly: With vwb, you may be at extra bleeding risk. It depends on the platelet count and the function of your blood clotting. So often your doctors will take special precautions. But anything can happen in surgery and with childbirth so being prepared is the most important thing. That being said, in most patients everything is fine. ...Read more

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Could people with von willebrand disease or hemophilia get tattoos?

Could people with von willebrand disease or hemophilia get tattoos?

Yes: Like everything else involving body art, it's at your own risk. Your physician might be your best guide here. If you take a factor before other procedures, this would perhaps be a good time. Start with something small. I like well-chosen body art and if this is something you've really wanted for some time, i hope you're able to get it. ...Read more

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I got diagnosed with Von Willebrand Disease and neither of my parents have it? And I'm 16

Multiple types: There are multiple types of this disease. It can also be acquired. See these sites for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/von-willebrand-disease/basics/definition/con-20030195 http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/206996-overview ...Read more

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Can you get a tummy tuck if you have von willebrand disease?

Can you get a tummy tuck if you have von willebrand disease?

Yes: Depending on the severity of the disorder will dictate if it is safe to proceed. How your coagulation profile responds to administration of dictates the effectiveness of treatment and safety of surgery. The costs of preventative treatment is very highland has risks as well, asking the decision to proceed with elective, cosmetic surgery more complex! ...Read more

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How do you get tested for von willebrand disease?

How do you get tested for  von willebrand disease?

VWD testing: Primary care doctors can relatively easily obtain screening blood tests for von willebrand's disease (vwd). These include testing for levels of the von willebrand's disease protein, its activity, and a factor viii level. If these tests come back normal and VWD is still a concern, more specialized tests can be performed. ...Read more

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