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Is there a way to increase my von willebrand factor levels up w/o meds?

Is there a way to increase my von willebrand factor levels up w/o meds?

Von Willebrand Dz: The main thing that raises von willebrand factor levels is exposure to female hormones, whether through pregnancy or taking oral contraceptive pills or hormone replacement therapy. Please consult with your hematologist for further advice on this topic. ...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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What does a low von willebrand factor (vwf) ag: 33 %, low vwf activity: 29 % and factor viii activity: 52 % result mean?

What does a  low von willebrand factor (vwf) ag: 33 %, low vwf activity: 29 % and factor viii activity: 52 % result mean?

VWD: First of all, these test need to be repeated at least one more time, prederably while you are off all medications. If persistently low, this may mean that you have von willibrand disease (VWD) which is a bleeding disorder. These are several types of VWD and more testing is needed to determine the type. You need to see a hematologist for this. Avoid any surgery and trauma. ...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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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.

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.

Unique, certainly: These are both fairly commonly inherited disorders. Factor v leiden occurs in about 1/100 people. Von willebrand is also about 1/100 or so. So it is conceivable that this could occur in the same person. There are probably a few like you around. ...Read more

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What's the von willebrand's ddavp test?

What's the von willebrand's ddavp 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. In a DDAVP challenge the vwf level is measured, a dose of DDAVP is given, and the level measured again to see if it goes up significantly. If so, DDAVP can be used to control bleeding. ...Read more

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How do you test for von willebrand's disease ?

VWD diagnosis : Requires special blood tests to look at factor viii levels, structure and function. ...Read more

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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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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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Why is my step-daughter having a blood test for von willebrand disease?

Why is my step-daughter having a blood test for von willebrand disease?

Bleeding history?: Doctors would typically order a test for VWD if the patient had a history of abnormal bruising and/or bleeding that made them suspicious, especially if there was a similar history among other members of the family. You don't mention how old your step-daughter is; the question is probably best directed to your daughter if she is an adult, or to her doctor if she is a child. ...Read more

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