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Experts reach consensus on diagnosis and treatment of bleeding disorders in women
Date:6/2/2009

New York, New York, June 2, 2009 Because bleeding from the reproductive tract is a naturally occurring event during menstruation and childbirth, women who exhibit menorrhagia, or excessive bleeding after their menstrual cycle, may have underlying diseases that are underdiagnosed. In order to address important issues related to the diagnosis and management of reproductive tract bleeding in women with bleeding disorders, a consensus conference was convened. Results are published in the July 2009 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The goals of the consensus conference were to highlight the problems these women experience and to provide clinical information and recommend strategies to guide practicing obstetricians and gynecologists. Where the international panel of experts in obstetrics, gynecology and hematology reached consensus, recommendations were made.

Von Willebrand Disease (VWD) is the most common inherited bleeding disorder. VWD results from a deficiency in, or a dysfunction of, von Willebrand factor (VWF), a protein necessary for normal platelet adhesion and protection of factor VIII (FVIII) from proteolysis in the circulation. The prevalence of menorrhagia in women with VWD is 74-92%.

Although the majority of women who present with menorrhagia do not have a bleeding disorder, the conference participants identified more than a dozen symptoms that suggest further evaluation, including menorrhagia since puberty, a family history of a bleeding disorder, and personal history of one, but usually several, of the following symptoms: nosebleeds (generally bilateral for more than 10 minutes), more than once in the past year; notable bruising without injury (and with bruises >2 cm in diameter); minor wound bleeding from trivial cuts lasting for more than 5 minutes; or prolonged or excessive bleeding following dental extraction.

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