What causes von Willebrand disease (vWD) type 2N?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019
  • Author: Eleanor S Pollak, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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vWD type IIN, sometimes referred to as vWD Normandy (after the province of origin of one of the first families identified with the disease), is characterized by a defect residing within the patient's plasma vWF that interferes with its ability to bind FVIII. This has important implications in the differential diagnosis of hemophilia. Most patients are compound heterozygotes with a vWF null allele. [3]


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