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Doctor insights on: Von Willebrand Disease Type 2n

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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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Is von willebrand disease considered risky for women?

Is von willebrand disease considered risky for women?

Not necessarily: "risky" is hard to define. Because menstrual bleeding is one of the more common problems women with VWD have, it is considered "riskier" for women than men. It is very possible to manage menstrual bleeding, as well as bleeding with childbirth very effectively, however. Once that happens, VWD is no riskier for women than it is for men. ...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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Is it safe for someone with von willebrand disease donate their organs when they die?

Is it safe for  someone with von willebrand disease donate their organs when they die?

Yes! : Von willebrand disease is a blood disorder; it has no adverse effect on your organs. Persons with von willebrand disease can certainly donate their organs if they so desire. ...Read more

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes (Checklist)

Hypoglycemia is common with type 1 diabetes
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Check your blood glucose before and after 2 hours after eating
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Hypoglycemia is likely if the post meal glucose is lower than premeal
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If you do not feel hypo symptoms, consider use of a continuous sensor
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My son was diagnosed with Von willebrand disease at age 6. He is now 17 and had test again because of a surgery in his future. We are told now that he does no have Von Willebrands. Is this possible?

My son was diagnosed with Von willebrand disease at age 6. He is now 17 and had test again because of a surgery in his future. We are told now that he does no have Von Willebrands. Is this possible?

Von Willebrand's: Sorry, but there's no way for a forum doctor to help very much. Diagnosing von Willebrand's disease is quite complex, usually including family history, personal history of abnormal bleeding, and several lab tests. This is something to address with his current doctor, or a hematologist, who in turn may need to see the results of the tests 11 years ago, if possible. Good luck! ...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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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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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