Von Willebrand Disease (VWD): Tests
Part of: Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)
About Tests for Von Willebrand Disease
Early diagnosis of von Willebrand disease (VWD) is important to make sure that you’re treated and can live a normal, active life.
Sometimes VWD is hard to diagnose. People who have type 1 or type 2 VWD may not have major bleeding problems. Thus, they may not be diagnosed unless they have heavy bleeding after surgery or some other trauma.
On the other hand, type 3 VWD can cause major bleeding problems during infancy and childhood. So, children who have type 3 VWD usually are diagnosed during their first year of life.
To find out whether you have VWD, your doctor will review your medical history and the results from a physical exam and tests.
Your doctor will likely ask questions about your medical history and your family’s medical history. He or she may ask about:Any bleeding from a small wound that lasted more than 15 minutes or started up again within the first 7 days following…