What is pediatric von Willebrand disease (VWD)?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Suchitra S Acharya, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Hassan M Yaish, MD  more...
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Although referred to as a single disease, von Willebrand disease (VWD) is in fact a family of bleeding disorders caused by an abnormality of the von Willebrand factor (VWF). von Willebrand disease is the most common hereditary bleeding disorder. [1, 2]

The condition was first described by Erik Adolf von Willebrand in 1926, who called it pseudohemophilia because of the fact that his first patient was a female. It took several decades before the actual nature of this bleeding disorder was understood. von Willebrand disease is a congenital bleeding disorder characterized by a lifelong tendency toward easy bruising, frequent epistaxis, and menorrhagia.


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