Von Willebrand disease is an inherited condition brought about by the damage or lack of a blood-clotting protein known as von Willebrand factor that can cause extended or excessive bleeding, states Mayo Clinic. In rare cases, the condition can develop later in life.
People with von Willebrand disease, or VWD, suffer from frequent nosebleeds and excessive bleeding during and after procedures such as surgery or tooth extraction, notes the National Hemophilia Foundation. Women that suffer from this condition often experience heavy menstruation and hemorrhaging after delivery. Complications of VWD include anemia, swelling and pain in the joints or soft tissues and death from bleeding, according to Mayo Clinic.