What is the role of blood typing in the diagnosis of 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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Levels of vWF correlate with ABO blood type. Individuals with type O blood normally have the lowest levels of vWF, approximately 50-75% of the vWF levels found in persons with other blood types. vWF levels should be compared with an ABO blood group type–specific range from the laboratory where the test is performed.


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