Von Willebrand disease symptoms

Dive into the details of von Willebrand disease (VWD) signs and symptoms, which can all vary depending on the subtype.1

Signs and symptoms of VWD

In general, von Willebrand disease (VWD) symptoms may be different than what people experience with other bleeding disorders. Yes, some might be similar to hemophilia, but others occur only with VWD. And for women, symptoms vary even more.1,2

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Von Willebrand disease symptoms may include3:

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Excessive bleeding, either from an injury or after surgery, dental work, or childbirth

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Nosebleeds that last longer than 10 minutes

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Pain, swelling, or tightness in joints

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Bloody urine or stools

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Bleeding that stops and starts up again

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Easy bruising or lumpy bruises

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Cuts that bleed more than 5 minutes

Track your bleeding episodes and methods of management with the downloadable PDF. Use it to prepare for your next doctor visit. You can share the information with your healthcare team to help ensure you are getting the most appropriate treatment.

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  1. Canadian Hemophilia Society. All about von Willebrand disease…for people with von Willebrand disease and their families. http://www.hemophilia.ca/files/AllAboutVWDRevisedEng.pdf. Accessed February 12, 2023.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is hemophilia? https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hemophilia/facts.html. Accessed February 16, 2023.
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is von Willebrand disease? http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/vwd/facts.html. Accessed February 16, 2023.