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I have von willebrand disease - Asked by s m on 23-Oct-2014 09:12:28

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  • Answered by Dr. on 23-Oct-2014 13:26:57


    Most commonly it is autosomal dominant type meaning if defective gene is inherited, the indivdual has symptoms. Blood flow in arteries is studied by use fluid mechanics (a branch of theoretical physics or mathematics) and many diseases including coronary artery disease or vWD are caused by what is known as "endothelial shear stress"  (ESS) where there is more stress on internal lining of vessels. This is due to increased turbulent flow in vessels (caused by abnormalities of internal linings due to deposition of lipids) or genetic factors. In case of vWD bleeding occurs if ESS is high and is treated using vasopressing derivative DDAVP. It acts as antidiuretic hormone (ADH) which conserves water. Please consult your doctor for treatment of this condition which requires monitoing of sodium levels which might fall and cause seizures.

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    Answered by Dr. Srividya Venigalla on 24-Oct-2014 09:59:43

    When you have Von Willebrand - you know that you are at more risk for bleeding . That could be the reason - 

    try to apply pressure on the nose for long time . if the bleeding started spontaneously and keeps happening, need to see ENT - 

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