Acquired von Willebrand's disease is a rare bleeding disorder that might be caused by other medical problems or medicines. It prevents blood from clotting properly. It is rarer than the inherited form ofvon Willebrand's disease.
Medical problems that might cause acquired von Willebrand's disease include:
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