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What is VWD?

What is VWD?

VWD (von Willebrand disease or von Willebrand disorder) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder worldwide. It affects both females and males equally.

It is a genetic condition and people are born with it. People with VWD have a mutation in the gene that makes a protein in the blood called von Willebrand factor (VWF). As a result, they do not have enough VWF or it doesn't work the way it should. This means they can have problems with controlling bleeding: it can take longer for blood to clot and for bleeding to stop.

How do you get VWD?

VWD is a genetic condition and it is usually passed from parent to child, in the same way as other genetic information such as the colour of their hair or their eyes.

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Date last reviewed: 22 September 2020

Important Note: This information was developed by Haemophilia Foundation Australia for education and information purposes only and does not replace advice from a treating health professional. Always see your health care provider for assessment and advice about your individual health before taking action or relying on published information. This information may be printed or photocopied for educational purposes.

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