von Willebrand disease
The human blood contains platelets that stick to holes in blood vessels and patch them up. In a way, platelets are like a built-in bandage. They stick to a wound and to each other to help form clots that stop the bleeding. This “sticky” factor is a protein called von Willebrand, named for the scientist who discovered it.
Sometimes the human body doesn’t contain enough of the von Willebrand protein, or the protein doesn’t work like it should. When this happens, the platelets don’t do their job and a wound can bleed for a very long time. Fortunately, with the proper treatment, children, teens and adults can live healthy, active lives.
The hematology team at Cook Children's has a great deal of experience in diagnosing and treating children, teens and young adults with this disorder. We offer a full range of services from diagnosis to treatment
What is von Willebrand disease?
Who gets von Willebrand disease?
von Willebrand symptoms & complications
Testing and diagnosis
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