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von Willebrand Disease Definition & Overview

Definition

von Willebrand disease (vWD) is an inherited blood disorder. It decreases the blood’s ability to clot. As a result, bleeding lasts longer than usual.

von Willebrand's disease is the most common hereditary bleeding disorder, affecting about 1% of the population. It affects both sexes approximately equally. There are no racial or ethnic associations with this disorder.

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