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von Willebrand disease

von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an hereditary disease, affecting an estimated approx. 1 % of the population. Not all carriers suffer from symptoms, but VWD is the most common hereditary cause of increased bleeding tendency. However, only a very few people with the disease have such severe symptoms that they require regular treatment.

The disease is named after a Finnish physician, Erik von Willebrand, who was the first to identify the disease in a family from Åland in 1926. The disease is caused either by a deficiency or a defect of von Willebrand factor (VWF).

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