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What is von willebrand's disease?

What is von willebrand's disease?

Von Willebrand ....: Factor . 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 also promotes clotting. So, vwf deficiency also causes secondary fviii dysfunction. Vwf def has many variants. Severity is variable. Most have type i. ...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 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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What is von willebrand's disease ?

What is von willebrand's disease ?

A bleeding problem: Platelets stop bleeding by patching holes in blood vessels. von Willebrand factor is the glue that sticks platelets to those holes. If von Willebrand factor is low, or if the structure of VWF is abnormal, it doesn't stick platelets to the sites of bleeding. Most people have nosebleeds, gum bleeding, or bleeding after tooth extraction. There are 4 types of VW disease with different symptoms. ...Read more

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Does von willebrand's disease involve bruising easily?

Does von willebrand's disease involve bruising easily?

Yes: Symptoms of VWD may include increased bruising. Other types of bleeding typically seen include nose bleeds, prolonged menstrual periods, prolonged bleeding after surgery or injury, mucous membrane bleeding. Vwd usually does not present with spontaneous joint bleeding / deep tissue bleeding as is seen in the hemophilias. ...Read more

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Von willebrand factor effect on pregnancy?

Von willebrand factor effect on pregnancy?

Bleeding risk: Von willebrand does not affect fertility, so getting pregnant is typically not an issue. Childbirth can be challenging with von willebrand due to the increased risk for bleeding. This can be managed by a hematologist and that risk can be lowered significantly. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is von willebrand's disease type 3?

What is von willebrand's disease type 3?

VonWillebrand type 3: This is severe von willebrand disease. These people may have a total absence of von willebrand factor, and factor viii levels are often less than 10%. Usually inherited in recessive manner (one affected gene from each parent who may not have symptoms). It is essential to see a pediatric hematologist for this disease. ...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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How common is von hippel-lindau disease?

How common is von hippel-lindau disease?

Von Hippel-Lindau: Von hippel-lindau syndrome is an inherited disorder characterized by the formation of tumors and fluid-filled sacs (cysts) in many different parts of the body. Tumors may be either noncancerous or cancerous and usually appear during young adulthood; however, the signs and symptoms of von hippel-lindau syndrome can occur throughout life. ...Read more

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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 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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What is type 3 von willebrand's disorder?

What is type 3 von willebrand's disorder?

Homozygous vWD: Pts with type 3 VWD have loss or mutations of both vwf genes, and produce almost no vwf protein. Clinically they behave like severe hemophilia a patients as their factor viii levels are very low as well, since vwf also carries factor viii in the blood. ...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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Is sickle cell disease genetic?

Is sickle cell disease genetic?

Yes: The recessive sickle gene is carried silently in a percentage of the population.When two carriers produce offspring their is 25% risk with each conception that an affected baby will be born. ...Read more

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Is there a genetics connection von hippel-lindau disease?

Is there a genetics connection von hippel-lindau disease?

Von Hippel-Lindau: Von hippel-lindau syndrome is an inherited disorder characterized by the formation of tumors and fluid-filled sacs (cysts) in many different parts of the body. Tumors may be either noncancerous or cancerous and usually appear during young adulthood; however, the signs and symptoms of von hippel-lindau syndrome can occur throughout life. ...Read more

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Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Is addisons disease a genetic hereditary problem?

Addisions is genetic: In 2012 the answer is usually yes. Tuberculosis caused dr. Addison to describe the condition. Now it is any failure of the adrenal glands. Today it does run in families where autoimmune diseases occur. (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal, celiac, etc). ...Read more

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Can von willebrand disease interfere with getting pregnant?

Can von willebrand disease interfere with getting pregnant?

It should not: Von willebrand's disease is a condition where a deficiency or abnormality in a protein in the blood leads to an increased risk of certain types of bleeding. While it might make labor and delivery more challenging, it should not affect a woman's ability to become pregnant. ...Read more

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Is addison's disease genetic?

Is addison's disease genetic?

Not usually: The leading causes of Addison' disease in the US are: autoimmune; metastatic cancer; bleeding into adrenal glands; infectious infiltration (such as tuberculosis). Only the autoimmune type may possibly run in families, whose members typically have other autoimmune disorders such as type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, vitiligo, pernicious anemia, or myasthenia gravis, to name a few. ...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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