Von Willebrand Disease Causing Unnecessary Hysterectomies - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/24/02

Von Willebrand Disease Causing Unnecessary Hysterectomies

It looks like Cindy Camp is being checked for a sore throat, but her doctor is actually looking for signs of bleeding. It turns out Cindy has a blood clotting disorder called Von Willebrand Disease, a problem that is 150 times more common than Hemophilia. According to the Americn College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, it may result in a lot of unnecessary hysterectomies every year.

"About 7% of the hysterectomies that are performed for heavy menstrual bleeding could have been avoided if a women had been diagnosed with a blood disorder and often the treatment that we have, for such a problem," said Dr. Di Michele.

"I had heavy periods since I was 14, and bruising and if I went to the dentist. I had bleeding through dental work," said Cindy Camp.

Instead of a hysterectomy, Cindy is on treatment now for Von Willebrands Disease. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says doctors need to rule out Von Willebrand's before recommending hysterectomy for excessive menstrual bleeding, which is the most common reason for that surgery.

Symptoms of Von Willebrand's include: easy bruising, frequent or prolonged nosebleeds, heavy menstrual bleeding that lasts longer than seven days, or prolonged bleeding after injury, surgery, dental work or childbirth. This blood disorder affects men and women equally.

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