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Acquired Von Willebrand Syndrome (AVWS) in cardiovascular disease: a state of the art review for clinicians

Abstract

Von Willebrand Factor (vWF) is a large glycoprotein with a broad range of physiological and pathological functions in health and disease. While vWF is critical for normal hemostasis, vascular integrity and repair, quantitative and qualitative abnormalities in the molecule can predispose to serious bleeding and thrombosis. The heritable form of von Willebrand Disease was first described nearly a century ago, but more recently, recognition of an acquired condition known as acquired von Willebrand Syndrome (AVWF) has emerged in persons with hematological, endocrine and cardiovascular diseases, disorders and conditions. An in-depth understanding of the causes, diagnostic approach and management of AVWS is important for practicing clinicians.

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Mehta, R., Athar, M., Girgis, S. et al. Acquired Von Willebrand Syndrome (AVWS) in cardiovascular disease: a state of the art review for clinicians. J Thromb Thrombolysis 48, 14–26 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11239-019-01849-2

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  • Von Willebrand Factor
  • Acquired Von Willebrand Syndrome