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Doctor insights on: Von Willebrand Disease Vs Hemophilia

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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

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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I want to know what is the difference between von willebrand's disease and hemophilia?

Different but....: Related. Vwf is a glycoprotein important for primary hemostasis. It cross links collagen at a site of injury with gpib on platelets. Deficiency leads to failure of primary hemostasis (ie, bleeding). Vwf also protects fviii from degradation. Fviii partners with fix to activate fx to ultimately promote clotting. So, while different, fviii & vwf deficiency can have similar presentations. Simplified! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of von willebrand disease?

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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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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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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What is von willebrand disease?

What is von willebrand disease?

Bleeding disorder: Vwd is the most common inherited bleeding disorder. Von wiilebrand factor is a clotting protein that helps stabilize clots by helping to bind platelets together and also helps carry factor viii in the blood. In vwd, vw factor is either decreased or does not function appropriately. Clots will form but they are not stable, can easily fall apart/ dissolve, and bleeding will then occur. ...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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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

Dr. Susumu Inoue
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Hemophilia (Definition)

Hemophilia is congenital deficency of factor 8,9 ,11 ...Read more