A Patient with Abnormal Menses: Case Study of a Nurse Practitioner’s Approach to Diagnosis and Management of von Willebrand Disease
Von Willebrand disease (vWD) is an inherited disorder that slows and hinders the blood clotting process. The literature on evaluation, diagnosis, and referral of vWD for nurse practitioners working in primary care is scant. This article presents the history and pathophysiology of vWD and a case study of an individual with vWD, including diagnostic workup, appropriate referral to a hematologist, and ongoing care.
Keywords: von Willebrand disease; von Willebrand factor; menorrhagia; inherited bleeding disorders; easy bruising.
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