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Von Willebrand disease


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Symptoms of von Willebrand disease can include bruising, nosebleeds and heavy periods. Many people have no symptoms unless they have an injury.

Von Willebrand disease is diagnosed using blood tests. If you have it your close family members may also need to have tests.

If you have Von Willebrand disease ways to reduce the risk of bleeding or complications include eating foods with iron and avoiding certain medicines.

Treatments for von Willebrand disease include medicines that treat or prevent bleeding, and a treatment called factor replacement therapy.

Von Willebrand disease is nearly always an inherited genetic condition. In very rare cases it can be caused by other conditions or medicines.

Support for people living with von Willebrand disease is available from the Haemophilia Society.

Von Willebrand disease is an inherited condition where your blood does not clot properly, so you bleed more easily.

Page last reviewed: 08/04/2024
Next review due: 08/04/2027