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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 82-84

Rhinoplasty on patients with von Willebrand's disease: Tranexamic acid may be a better choice than desmopressin in selected cases

1 Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Pediatric Hematology, Faculty of Medicine, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

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Dr. Galip Gencay Ustun
Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Altindag, 06100, Ankara
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjps.tjps_7_22

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Von Willebrand's disease (VWD) is the most common hereditary bleeding disorder. Due to its frequency, occasionally, patients with this disease apply for rhinoplasty. Classically, desmopressin is used in emergent cases, and it is highly effective. However, the lack of long-term treatment and possible side effects limit the desmopressin treatment. Because the fibrinolytic activity in the nasal mucosa is high, antifibrinolytics such as tranexamic acid are beneficial in all types of VWD. An 18-year-old patient with Type 1 VWD who was operated without facing any complications is presented. Treatment involved 4 days of treatment starting the day before the surgery and healing process was uneventful. Patients with a diagnosis of VWD can be operated successfully with preoperative tranexamic acid treatment and using vasoconstrictor agents and avascular surgery planes. In Type 1 VWD or low von Willebrand's factor cases, tranexamic acid is a safe and successful treatment alternative due to its long-term use, local and systemic applicability, and regional affinity.

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