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  1. von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a common, inherited bleeding disorder. There are three main types of VWD, which result in a quantitative or qualitative deficiency in von Willebrand factor (VWF) and in severe cases, also Factor VIII (FVIII). The severity of bleeding depends on the underlying pathophysiology.

    • Emily Reynen, Paula James
    • 2016
  2. Abstract. Given the wide heterogeneity of phenotypes and of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms associated with the disorder, pregnancy and delivery in von Willebrand disease (VWD) represent a significant clinical challenge. The variable pattern of changes observed during pregnancy of von Willebrand factor (VWF) and factor VIII (FVIII), the protein carried by VWF, prompts a careful evaluation of pregnant women with VWD to plan the most appropriate treatment at the time of parturition.

    • Giancarlo Castaman, Paula D. James
    • 2019
  3. Abstract. Six patients having different subtypes of von Willebrand's disease were followed up during eight complete pregnancies. Two additional pregnancies terminated in spontaneous abortions. Five pregnancies ended in cesarean section either because of obstetric problems (three) or electively (two) to avoid infant bleeding.

    • Juan R. Chediak, Gladys M. Alban, Betty Maxey
    • 1986
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  5. Oct 26, 2021 · It's a synthetic hormone that controls bleeding by stimulating your body to release more of the von Willebrand factor stored in the lining of your blood vessels. Many doctors consider DDAVP the first treatment for managing von Willebrand disease. It can be used before minor surgical procedures to help control bleeding.

  6. If they have symptoms, those symptoms are mild. Type 2: In this case, von Willebrand factor doesn’t work as it should. People with this type may have mild or moderate bleeding. About 15% to 30% of people with von Willebrand disease have this type. Type 3: This is the most severe form of von Willebrand disease.

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