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Contemporary Management of von Willebrand Disease in Women: Identifying Bleeding Disorders and Preventing Hemorrhage

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Overview / Abstract:

According to the National Hemophilia Foundation, underdiagnosis of bleeding disorders in women is a significant problem. Menorrhagia associated with bleeding disorders such as von Willebrand disease (VWD) is an overlooked, undertreated, and potentially serious condition that often has a profound impact on the affected individual’s quality of life. For women with VWD, menorrhagia is almost inevitable, with prevalence ranging from 32% to as high as 100%. Lack of awareness of the high prevalence of VWD in women and of the association between menorrhagia and undiagnosed bleeding disorders contributes to the problem. Less than effective application of recommended screening steps and treatment protocols augments the challenges. In this educational activity, expert faculty will evaluate criteria for abnormal uterine bleeding, explain the steps involved in differential diagnosis, and provide screening methods, protocols for treatment and prophylaxis, and patient-centered approaches that promote effective communication and patient engagement. This activity will feature a patient with VWD who will describe her journey with the disease across its trajectory and highlight its effects on quality of life.


Jul 25, 2018


Clinical Laboratory CE, Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Pharmacy CPE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME



Credits / Hours

1.5 contact hours



Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Paula J. Adams Hillard, MD (Chairperson)
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Associate Chair for Medical Student Education
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California

Robert F. Sidonio, Jr, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Director, Hemostasis and Thrombosis
Emory University School of Medicine
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Ayesha Zia, MD
Director, Young Women Blood Disorders Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Hematology/Oncology
University of Texas Southwestern
Children’s Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Patient Speaker Advocate
Valarie S. Maus

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Keywords / Search Terms

CMEology Menorrhagia, von Willebrand disease, VWD, bleeding disorders in women, obstetrician/gynecologists, abnormal uterine bleeding, undiagnosed bleeding disorders, physicians, nurses, nursing, hematology, hematologists, CME, continuing education Free CE CME

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