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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Acquired von Willebrand Person

06/23/2009

Question:

Hello, I just wanted to ask a couple more questions reguarding my rare conditions. I had mentioned before that I am getting chronic infections and other problems that I have not mentioned. So, would you think my infections would be related to my IgG Lambda MGUS, or the Acquired von willebrand or both. I also received IVIG to get me through a surgery 2 years ago, but had some complications from the high doses. Is there any other options for me to help my symptoms? Thanks Again.

Answer:

I would not attribute your problems with the chronic infections to the monoclonal protein or the acquired vWD. Typically patients with these conditions are not prone to infections. 

I would discuss these issues again with your family physician or whoever sees you most often to continue to try and find a reason for the increased number of infections. In the future, it may be beneficial to see either an immunologist or infectious disease specialist if you have not done so already.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University