Skip to Content
Home > Patients & Visitors > Health Library > Acquired Von Willebrand's Disease
Acquired von Willebrand's disease is a rare bleeding
disorder that might be caused by other medical problems or medicines. It prevents blood from clotting
properly. It is rarer than the inherited form of
von Willebrand's disease.
Medical problems that might cause acquired von Willebrand's disease include:
Rarely, acquired von Willebrand's disease may also develop in direct
association with use of certain medicines. When use is discontinued, signs of
the disease also end. These medicines include:
nosebleeds with no previous history of bleeding
Treatment of acquired von Willebrand's disease includes medicines that help your body have enough von Willebrand clotting factor in
the blood. This von Willebrand factor helps your blood clot.
Other Works Consulted
Hillman R, et al. (2011). Platelet dysfunction and von Willebrand disease. In Hematology in Clinical Practice, 5th ed., pp. 384–397. New York: McGraw-Hill.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (2007). The Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management of von Willebrand Disease. (NIH Publication No. 08–5832). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/vwd.
Nichols ML (2012). Von Willebrand disease and hemorrhagic abnormalities of platelet and vascular function. In L Goldman, A Shafer, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th ed., pp. 1131–1136. Philadelphia: Saunders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerBrian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian Leber, MDCM, FRCPC - Hematology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Send Us Your Feedback
North Kansas City Hospital