Can Aunt Dot be a “Bleeding Disorder”??? The Better Know You Edit

Women can have bleeding disorders, too. A bleeding disorder results from a flaw in the body’s clotting system. Specialized proteins in the blood are called clotting factors. If they are missing or do not work properly, a bleeding disorder can result. Most bleeding disorders are inherited, caused by a genetic mutation, but some can occur spontaneously. People with bleeding disorders bleed longer, not faster, than those who do not.

For example, the most common bleeding disorder in women and girls is von Willebrand disease (VWD). It affects up to 1% of the U.S. population. VWD is an inherited bleeding disorder. It is caused by a defect in or deficiency of von Willebrand factor, a protein the blood needs for clotting

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