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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 is von willebrand's disease? What is the cure?

What is von willebrand's disease? What is the cure?

Bleeding disorder: This is relatively common hereditary bleeding disorder, the bleeding episodes can be corrected transiently by infusion of fresh or fresh-frozen plasma or cryoprecipitate. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for von willebrand?

What is the treatment for von willebrand?

Several options: The medicines for stopping or preventing bleeding for patients with von willebrand's disease include DDAVP (desmopressin injection, and stymate nasal spray), Amicar (epsilon aminocaproic acid), tranexamic acid, and von willebrand's factor/factor viii concentrates). Which one one should choose depends on the severity of disease and severity of bleeding. It should be decided by a specialist. ...Read more

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How does von willebrand affect delivery?

How does von willebrand affect delivery?

More bleeding: There is an increased risk of maternal prolonged bleeding or significant late bleeding following the delivery. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have a child if I have von willebrand's type 3?

Von Willebrand: You need to talk to your ObGyn. If you are, indeed, 45yrs, that might also be a factor in your fertility. ...Read more

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I am 54 years old and want to know if I could have von willebrand's and not know it?

I am 54 years old and want to know if I could have von willebrand's and not know it?

Yes.: I meet. Hidden all the time who have moms or dads that have had difficult times with bleeding. After making the diagnosis of von willebrand (or another bleeding disorder) in the child, I then have recommended testing for the family. So this is certainly possible, . ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of von willebrand disease?

Bleeding: Von willebrand disease is a bleeding disorder. There are several types, but the most common type involves nosebleeds or heavy periods. It can also cause significant bleeding after a tooth extraction or tonsillectomy or other surgical procedure. ...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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Can you tell me if my girlfriend has von willebrand disease and I don't what's the chances of our children getting it?

More info needed: Some von Willebrand is transmitted genetically and some is acquired by a medication or other factor. What type does your girlfriend have? Her doctor can tell her and then a discussion of potential transmission to offspring can occur. ...Read more

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Do you know of any person that has von willebrand disease and factor five disorder? My dr tells me I am unique. And I can't be treated for either one.

Why?: I agree that there are probably others out there with the same combination of problems. And this should not preclude any necessary therapy. If you have bleeding due to your vwd, treatment can be provided without greatly increasing your risk for developing a clot. Conversely, many patients with fv leiden (what I think you mean) don't need to take blood thinners, so VWD shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic basis for von willebrand disease?

Is there a genetic basis for von willebrand disease?

Yes: Vwd is an inherited condition. It affects both males and females. If one parent has the most common type, type 1, then each child has a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. ...Read more

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Could people with von willebrand disease get tattoos?

Could people with von willebrand disease get tattoos?

Yes: Most people with von Willebrand's don't know they have it. If you have a severe form and are followed regularly by a hematologist, ask him/her first. Otherewise, go ahead. Be sure it's something you really and truly want. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What's the von willebrand's ddavp (desmopressin) test?

What's the von willebrand's ddavp (desmopressin) test?

Stimulaton test: Patients with type 1 VWD less vw factor than normal people. However, they store vwf normally in the cells that line their blood vessels. This can be released into the blood by certain drugs; one of these is ddavp (desmopressin). In a DDAVP (desmopressin) challenge the vwf level is measured, a dose of DDAVP (desmopressin) is given, and the level measured again to see if it goes up significantly. If so, DDAVP (desmopressin) can be used to control bleeding. ...Read more

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Can people with von willebrand disease get tattoos done?

It is possible, but: Depending on the severity of your disease, it is possible, but only in consultation with your hematologist. The severity of VWD is quite variable from patient to patient. If you really wanted to get a tattoo, you could pre-treat yourself with the appropriate medicine as if you were having an elective surgery, but you would have to pay for it out of pocket (i doubt insurance would cover it). ...Read more

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Could you donate blood if you have von willebrand disease?

Could you donate blood if you have von willebrand disease?

No: Most blood centers say no, mostly because the risk for you donating (venipuncture) is not trivial and impossible for the blood center to assess at the time of donation. You could always donate your time as a volunteer at a blood drive, however! ...Read more

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Can people with von willebrand's disease play tackle football?

Can people with von willebrand's disease play tackle football?

Ask hematologist: This is a decision that you should make with your hematologist. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer for this one. Vwd is a variable disorder with different levels of bleeding between different patients and subtypes of the disease. ...Read more

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Is it possible for people with von willebrand disease to get tattoos?

Yes: About 1% of humankind has at least mild vWF. If you're presently being managed on medication by a hematologist, get his/her thoughts. If it's not been a huge problem for you, and your physician has released you, then go ahead. VWF involves the blood itself and its platelets, while the tattoo involves the deep skin. ...Read more

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Wat are some surgical abortion complications from von willebrand's disease?

Wat are some surgical abortion complications from von willebrand's disease?

Depends: Usually this desease does not effect the outcome of an abortion since the way the uterus stops bleeding is by contractions, not clotting. However, if there are complications that require further surgery, this could present a very difficult situation for the patient. Fortunately, abortion care is very safe and rarely results in any need for additional surgery. It is the safest sugery bar none. ...Read more