Which von Willebrand disease (vWD) types are treated with desmopressin (DDAVP)?

Updated: Dec 30, 2019
  • Author: Eleanor S Pollak, MD; Chief Editor: Srikanth Nagalla, MBBS, MS, FACP  more...
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DDAVP is the treatment of choice for individuals with vWD type 1. Responses to DDAVP are variable in patients with type 2 disease. Individuals with vWD type 3 have a virtually complete deficiency of vWF; therefore, because DDAVP acts by releasing stored vWF, the drug has no effect in type 3 disease.


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