Test Background Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is the commonest inherited bleeding disorder, affecting up to 1 % of individuals, irrespective of gender or ethnicity. It comprises a number of types, all of which are characterised by a bleeding defect that resembles a platelet function defect, as platelet adhesion is impaired. The von Willebrand factor (vWF) also serves as a carrier protein for factor VIII and levels of factor VIII are often decreased when vWF levels are decreased. vWD is usually inherited as an autosomal dominant condition.
Clinical Indications Bleeding diathesis/hypocoagulopathy with presentations of epistaxis, menorrhagia and GI haemorrhaging Differential diagnosis of haemophilia and other forms of bleeding diathesis