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2021 12 10

Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program



Pregnancy in special populations: challenges and solutions practical aspects of managing von Willebrand disease in pregnancy.


Turan O, Kadir R A
Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2021 12 10; 2021(1):552-558.
PMID: 34889419.


Pregnancy and childbirth pose an important hemostatic challenge for women with von Willebrand disease (VWD) and can be associated with an increased risk of maternal and neonatal bleeding complications. VWD is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency or an abnormality in the function of von Willebrand factor. Understanding inheritance pattern, hemostatic response to pregnancy, and response to treatment is essential for provision of individualized obstetric care and optimal outcome. A multidisciplinary approach to management with a close liaison between the obstetric team and the hemophilia treatment center is required for continuity of care from preconception counseling through to antenatal, peripartum, and postpartum care. Delivery plan must be coordinated by the multidisciplinary team and include decisions on place and mode of delivery, implementation of safe analgesia/anesthesia, and peripartum hemostasis. In this clinical case-based review, we aim to deliver evidence-based practical guidance for challenges encountered during pregnancy and management of childbirth and puerperium.