How do you treat bleeding disorders with desmopressin?

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Desmopressin is an analog of vasopressin that exerts a substantial haemostatic effect by inducing the release of von Willebrand factor from its storage sites in endothelial cells. It has proved useful in treating or preventing bleeding episodes in patients with von Willebrand disease, haemophilia A and platelet function defects. Its efficacy in achieving a satisfactory level of haemostasis has reduced the use of blood products to treat bleeding episodes. Clinicians need to become familiar with the use of this drug that has become a home medication for many patients with inherited bleeding disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-163
Number of pages5
JournalPostgraduate Medical Journal
Issue number977
StatePublished - Mar 2007


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