Misdiagnosis of Von Willebrand disease
Alternative diagnoses list for Von Willebrand disease:
For a diagnosis of Von Willebrand disease,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Von Willebrand disease:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Von Willebrand disease:
Because the standard treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding; dilation
and curettage (D&C), laparoscopy, or endometrial biopsy, may worsen
blood loss in a woman with these disorders. In one study of females with
Von Willebrand disease, the single most common congenital bleeding
disorder, over 90% had experienced heavy menstrual bleeding. One quarter
of them had undergone hysterectomy, often to alleviate the heavy menstrual
bleeding. Correct diagnosis can help women avoid potentially dangerous
bleeding during surgery or dental procedures. All that is needed to
diagnose Von Willebrand disease is a simple coagulation blood test. (Source: excerpt from BLEEDING DISORDERS: NWHIC)
Common Misdiagnoses and Von Willebrand disease
Unnecessary hysterectomies due to undiagnosed bleeding disorder in women: The bleeding disorder
called Von Willebrand's disease is quite common in women, but often fails to be correctly diagnosed.
Women with the condition tend to have heavy periods, since they actually have a bleeding disorder.
Severe afflictions may result in the women receiving a hysterectomy unnecessarily, when the
underlying cause has not been identified.
See the introduction to Von Willebrand's disease and bleeding disorder.
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Von Willebrand disease
or confirming a diagnosis of Von Willebrand disease,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Von Willebrand disease may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Von Willebrand disease.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.