Von Willebrand's Disease Treatment
There is no cure for Von Willebrand's disease, but the effects of the illness can be controlled. The general treatment for von Willebrand's disease includes medications and transfusions that promote normal blood clotting. Specific treatment varies with the type of Von Willebrand's disease.
Treatment options for von Willebrand's disease may include:
- Medications for von Willebrand's disease:
- Transfusions of a blood product that contains von Willebrand's factor:
- Antihemolytic factor (Humate-P, Alphanate)
- Fibrin sealants:
- Used directly on a wound to control bleeding
- Ethinyl estradiol (Estinyl):
- Female hormone reduces heavy menstrual bleeding
- Platelet transfusion
- Avoid aspirin.
- Avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications:
Von Willebrand's Disease Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of Von Willebrand's disease.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for bleeding?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Von Willebrand's Disease Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat von Willebrand's disease:
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