Can someone donate blood with von Willebrand disease?

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asked Jan 30 in Diseases Conditions by DaviPotter (1,260 points)
Can someone donate blood with von Willebrand disease?

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answered Jan 30 by yellowbeannie (10,300 points)
Someone can donate blood with von Willebrand disease but it's not advised to donate blood when you have von Willebrand disease as it takes longer for bleeding to stop.

The life expectancy for von WIllebrand disease is the same as a person without von Willebrand disease.

Type 1 and type 2 Von Willebrand disease does not affect a persons day to day life or life expectancy and most people with Von Willebrand disease live a normal life expectancy.

When you have von Willebrand disease it makes you bleed more easily than you normally would and you have a low level of a substance called von Willebrand factor in your blood or it does not work very well which helps blood cells stick together when you bleed.

Someone gets von Willebrand disease by genetic changes which are almost always inherited and passed down from parent to a child.

The person's genes provide instructions on how to make proteins like the von Willebrand factor protein.

Most people who have von Willebrand disease are born with the condition.

Von Willebrand disease is not life threatening in itself although it can lead to uncontrollable bleeding which can become life threatening.

Other complications of von Willebrand disease can also include Anemia.

Von Willebrand does make you tired in some cases although not everyone feels tired or fatigued with von Willebrand disease.

Von Willebrand disease is not an autoimmune disease although it can be considered an autoimmune disorder in rare cases.

However acquired versions of the Von Willebrand disease usually develop as a result of other autoimmune conditions, medications or diseases.

Von Willebrand disease is not the same as hemophilia although they are both bleeding disorders.

Von Willebrand disease affects men and women equally and hemophillia is more commen in men.

Hemophilia A and B, which occur when the body doesn't create the right proteins to help blood clot.

Von Willebrand disease, which occurs when a protein called the von Willebrand factor is missing or doesn't work.

Foods that should be avoided with von Willebrand disease are high saturated fats, high-fat oils, and high-calorie foods.

For the best possible results, regulate your intake of processed foods, alcohol, artificial sweeteners.

It is generally recommended to stick to a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in fats, added sugars and salt (sodium).

Gradual changes in eating habits can lead to long-term positive results.

Light-to-moderate alcohol consumption was associated with lower levels of fibrinogen, plasma viscosity, von Willebrand factor, and factor VII.

If you have von Willebrand disease (VWD), you can take steps to prevent bleeding and stay healthy.

For example, avoid over-the-counter medicines that can affect blood clotting, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Always check with your doctor before taking any medicines.

You can have surgery with von Willebrand disease although when possible any major surgery in people with von Willebrand disease should be done in a center with a hematologist with expertise in management of bleeding disorders and access to laboratory testing continuously.

The age at which Von Willebrand disease is diagnosed between the ages of 10 to 12 years of age.

Rarely, von Willebrand disease can develop later in life in people who didn't inherit an affected gene from a parent.

This is known as acquired von Willebrand syndrome, and it's likely caused by an underlying medical condition.

Von Willebrand's is diagnosed by asking you questions about your personal and family histories of bleeding and also by checking for signs of recent bleeding or unusual bleeding and through blood tests that measure how your blood clots.

Von Willebrand disease is not considered a rare disease as it's actually the most common bleeding disorder that is found in up to 1 percent of the U.S. population.

For around 3.2 million or around 1 in every 100 people in the United States have Von Willebrand disease.

Von Willebrand disease affects 1% of the U.S. population and is the most common bleeding disorder in the United States.

Globally, von Willebrand disease affects an estimated 23 to 110 in 1 million people.

Von Willebrand factor helps blood cells stick together (clot) when you bleed.

If there's not enough of it or it does not work properly, it takes longer for bleeding to stop.

There's currently no cure for VWD, but it does not usually cause serious problems and most people with it can live normal,active lives.

Type 1 and type 2 Von Willebrand Disease does not affect day-to-day life or life expectancy.

People need to anticipate when problems could occur (surgery, dental procedures, menstruation, traumatic injury) and follow their doctor's advice on what to do in these situations.

Von Willebrand disease is a lifelong bleeding disorder in which your blood doesn't clot properly.

People with the disease have low levels of von Willebrand factor, a protein that helps blood clot, or the protein doesn't perform as it should.

Von Willebrand factor helps blood cells stick together (clot) when you bleed.

If there's not enough of it or it does not work properly, it takes longer for bleeding to stop.

There's currently no cure for VWD, but it does not usually cause serious problems and most people with it can live normal, active lives.

Von Willebrand disease is a bleeding disorder that slows the blood clotting process , causing prolonged bleeding after an injury.
Von Willebrand disease is often inherited, but in rare cases, it may develop later in life.

Symptoms of Von Willebrand disease may include recurrent and prolonged nosebleeds, bleeding from the gums, increased menstrual flow, and excessive bleeding from a cut.

Treatment for Von WIllebrand disease focuses on stopping or preventing bleeding episodes, typically by using medications.

People with this condition often experience easy bruising, long-lasting nosebleeds, and excessive bleeding or oozing following an injury, surgery, or dental work.
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answered Jan 30 by fikispyral (140 points)

Most people can give blood if they are in good health. There are some basic requirements one  need to fulfill in order to become a blood donor.  Below are some basic eligibility guidelines:


You are aged between 18 and 65.

* In some countries national legislation permits 16–17 year-olds to donate provided that they fulfil the physical and hematological criteria required and that appropriate consent is obtained.

* In some countries, regular donors over the age of 65 may be accepted at the discretion of the responsible physician. The upper age limit in some countries are 60.


You weigh at least 50 kg.    

* In some countries, donors of whole blood donations should weigh at least 45 kg to donate 350 ml ± 10% .


You must be in good health at the time you donate.

You cannot donate if you have a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach bug or any other infection.

If you have recently had a tattoo or body piercing you cannot donate for 6 months from the date of the procedure.  If the body piercing was performed by a registered health professional and any inflammation has settled completely, you can donate blood after 12 hours.

If you have visited the dentist for a minor procedure you must wait 24 hours before donating; for major work wait a month.

You must not donate blood If you do not meet the minimum haemoglobin level for blood donation

* A test will be administered at the donation site. In many countries, a haemoglobin level of not less than 12.0 g/dl for females and not less than 13.0 g/dl for males as the threshold.


Travel to areas where mosquito-borne infections are endemic, e.g. malaria, dengue and Zika virus infections, may result in a temporary deferral .

Many countries also implemented the policy to defer blood donors with a history of travel or residence for defined cumulative exposure periods in specified countries or areas, as a measure to reduce the risk of transmitting variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) by blood transfusion.


You must not give blood:

If you engaged in “at risk” sexual activity in the past 12 months

Individuals with behaviours below will be deferred permanently: 

Have ever had a positive test for HIV (AIDS virus)

Have ever injected recreational drugs.

* In the national blood donor selection guidelines, there are more behavior eligibility criteria. Criteria could be different in different countries.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding:

Following pregnancy, the deferral period should last as many months as the duration of the pregnancy.

It is not advisable to donate blood while breast-feeding. Following childbirth, the deferral period is at least 9 months (as for pregnancy) and until 3 months dunia77 after your baby is significantly weaned (i.e. getting most of his/her nutrition from solids or bottle feeding).

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