[An inherited hemostatic disorder as the cause of menorrhagia].
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SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 146, 12, (2002), pp. 545-548
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
SubjectAlle HP's en lijnen
Two women aged 39 and 30 years were investigated for possible coagulation disorders because of menorrhagia, anaemia and postoperative haemorrhages. These investigations revealed that they had type 1 Von Willebrand's disease. During the treatment with desmopressin, factor VIII and Von Willebrand factor (VWF) activity normalised. About one third of the patients referred to a gynaecologist for menorrhagia have an inherited bleeding disorder, of which type 1 Von Willebrand's disease is the most prevalent. Once a gynaecological cause of the menorrhagia has been excluded, or in the case of an increased risk on the basis of the medical history, a limited haemostatic investigation can establish or exclude an inherited coagulation disorder. For women with a coagulation disorder the menorrhagia can be treated. Surgical interventions can be carried out safely following treatment with desmopressin or factor VIII/VWF concentrates.
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