Von Willebrand Disease
Our staff specializes in the care and treatment of von Willebrand disease and is committed to providing individualized treatment for you and your family. You will experience quality, industry-leading care from a team who is versed in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of von Willebrand disease.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of von Willebrand disease include:
- Nose bleeds
- Abnormal or easy bruising
- Bleeding of the gums
- Bleeding after surgery
- Internal bleeding
- Prolonged bleeding during menstrual cycles
- Bleeding after childbirth
Often times, von Willebrand disease can be difficult to diagnose. Diagnosis is completed by reviewing medical history, family history, and checking for bruising or any other signs of recent bleeding. Finally, your doctor will order blood tests. Test results can fluctuate in the same individual based on factors like stress, infection, medications, pregnancy, and exercise routine.
Managing Your Diagnosis
Treatment is often dependent upon the severity of the condition, response to previous therapies, medications you’re taking, and other medical conditions. Treatment can include medications, replacement factor infusions, oral contraceptives to control heavy bleeding resulting from menstrual cycles, clot-stabilizing medication, or fibrin sealant used on cuts or even nosebleeds.
Someone with von Willebrand disease should consider seeing a hematologist before some medical procedures. These include but are not limited to dental extractions, surgical procedures, and pregnancy.
Mary Samson, A.P.R.N.
Emily Baker, LMSW