What is included in the physical exam of suspected von Willebrand disease (vWD)?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019
  • Author: Eleanor S Pollak, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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Physical examination findings are usually normal. However, patients may show physical sequelae, such as bleeding or bruises. The examiner should note the size, location, and distribution of any ecchymoses, hematomas, or petechiae, and should assess for evidence of risks of increased bleeding, such as the following [13] :

  • Jaundice or spider angiomata

  • Splenomegaly

  • Arthropathy

  • Joint and skin laxity

  • Telangiectasia


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