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von Willebrand Disease

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by Rosenblum L


Many people with the vWD gene have mild symptoms or none at all. It may only be noticed after an injury or medical procedure.
Symptoms usually begin in childhood and waver throughout life. The severity will vary from person to person. Common symptoms include:
  • Easy bruising
  • Frequent or prolonged nosebleeds
  • Prolonged bleeding from the gums and minor cuts
  • Heavy or prolonged bleeding during menstrual periods
  • Bloody urine
  • Prolonged bleeding after injury, childbirth, surgery, or invasive dental procedures
Type 3 vWD can also result in severe bleeding events with no apparent cause. This type can also cause bleeding into the joints. This can cause pain and swelling in joints.


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