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Master List of Awareness Causes - V | Personalized Cause

Comprehensive master list of every awareness cause beginning with the letter V and the corresponding awareness ribbon color.

Master List of Awareness Causes and Associated Colors

All Causes Beginning with the Letter V:

VACTERL Association

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Zebra Ribbon for Rare Diseases

VACTERL Association is also known as:
• VACTERLS Association
• VATER Association
• VATERS Association

What is VACTERL Association?
VACTERL association is a nonrandom association of birth defects that affects multiple median and para-median structures. The term VACTERL is an acronym with each letter representing the first letter of one of the more common findings seen in affected children:
• (V) = (costo-) vertebral abnormalities
• (A) = anal atresia • (C) = cardiac (heart) defects
• (TE) = tracheal-esophageal abnormalities, including atresia, stenosis and fistula
• (R) = renal (kidney) and radial abnormalities
• (L) = (non-radial) limb abnormalities
• (S) = single umbilical artery

VACTERL with Hydrocephalus

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Blue Jeans Ribbon for Genetic Diseases

VACTERL with Hydrocephalus is also known as:
• VACTERL Association with Hydrocephalus
• VACTERL-H Association
• VATER Association with Hydrocephalus

What is VACTERL with Hydrocephalus?
VACTERL with hydrocephalus is an extremely rare genetic disorder in which the multisystem features of VACTERL association occur in addition to hydrocephalus. The term VACTERL is an acronym with each letter representing the first letter of the more common findings seen in affected children:
(V) = vertebral abnormalities
(A) = anal atresia
(C) = cardiac (heart) defects
(T) = tracheoesophageal fistula
(E) = esophageal atresia
(R) = renal (kidney) abnormalities
(L) = limb abnormalities

Vaginal Cancer, Adult

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Teal Ribbon for Vaginal Cancer

What is Vaginal Cancer in Adults?
Vaginal cancer is a very rare type of cancer that forms in a woman’s vagina (sometimes called the “birth canal”). The vagina leads from a woman’s cervix (the opening to the uterus) to the outside of her body. Vaginal cancer is only one of several types of cancer that can develop on a woman’s reproductive organs. The others include cervical, endometrial, ovarian, and vulvar cancer.

Vaginal Cancer, Childhood

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Teal Ribbon or Gold Ribbon for Vaginal Cancer

What is Childhood Vaginal Cancer?
Vaginal tumors are extremely rare in the pediatric population. Early recognition of symptoms like bleeding and a protruding vaginal mass may prevent morbidity and mortality.


Awareness Ribbon Color:

Zebra Ribbon for Rare Diseases

Valinemia is also known as:
• Hypervalinemia
• Valine Transaminase Deficiency

What is Valinemia?
Valinemia is a very rare metabolic disorder. It is characterized by elevated levels of the amino acid valine in the blood and urine caused by a deficiency of the enzyme valine transaminase. This enzyme is needed in the breakdown of valine. Infants with valinemia usually have a lack of appetite, vomit frequently, and fail to thrive. Low muscle tone and hyperactivity also occur

Variegate Porphyria

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Blue Jeans Ribbon for Genetic Diseases

Variegate Porphyria is also known as:
• Porphyria Variegata
• VP

What is Variegate Porphyria?
Variegate porphyria is a rare genetic metabolic disorder characterized by deficient function of the enzyme protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO or PPOX). This deficiency is caused by mutations in the PPOX gene, and leads to the accumulation of certain chemicals called porphyrins and porphyrin precursors in the body, which, in turn, can potentially result in a variety of symptoms. Specific symptoms can vary greatly from one person to another. Some affected individuals present with skin symptoms, some with neurological symptoms and some with both. Blistering and fragility of sun-exposed skin are the most common skin (cutaneous) symptoms. Common neurological symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, extremity pain and weakness, anxiety, restlessness and convulsions.

Vascular Malformations of the Brain

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Zebra Ribbon for Rare Diseases

Vascular Malformations of the Brain are also known as:
• Cerebral Malformations, Vascular
• Intracranial Vascular Malformations
• Occult Intracranial Vascular Malformations

Subdivisions of Vascular Malformations of the Brain
• Arteriovenous Malformation
• Cavernous Malformations
• Mixed Malformations
• Telangiectasis
• Vein of Galen Malformation
• Venous Malformations

What are Vascular Malformations of the Brain?
Vascular malformations of the brain is an umbrella term for at least six conditions in which blood vessels of the brain are affected. Such malformations are classified into several types in which the symptoms, severity, and causes vary. These types of VMB are: (1) arteriovenous malformations (AVM), abnormal arteries and veins; (2) cavernous malformations (CM), enlarged blood-filled spaces; (3) venous angiomas (VA), abnormal veins; (4) telangiectasias (TA), enlarged capillary-sized vessels; (5) vein of Galen malformations (VGM); and (6) mixed malformations (MM).

Vascular Tumors (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Yellow Ribbon for Vascular Tumors - Soft Tissue Sarcoma

What are Vascular Tumors (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)?
A vascular tumor is a growth of vascular origin, formed from blood vessels. Some are benign and some are malignant. There are different forms of vascular tumors and treatment will depend on the type, location, staging and other factors. Some tumors are benign, some are malignant. For example, angioma is a benign tumor made up of blood vessels, whereas angiosarcoma is a cancerous growth of the same cells, but is malignant.


Awareness Ribbon Color:

Red or Zebra Ribbon for Vasculitis

Vasculitis is also known as:
• Angiitis

What is Vasculitis?
Vasculitis is inflammation of blood vessels. In individuals with vasculitis, inflammation damages the lining of affected blood vessels, causing narrowing, the formation of blood clots, and/or blockage. As a result, there may be restriction of oxygenated blood supply to certain tissues, potentially resulting in pain, tissue damage, and, in some cases, malfunction of certain affected organs. Vasculitis may affect veins and arteries of any type or size; may involve a single organ or many organs and tissues of the body; and may be a primary disease process or occur due to or in association with a number of different underlying disorders. Therefore, the range and severity of symptoms and findings associated with vasculitis may vary greatly. The specific underlying cause of vasculitis is not fully understood. However, in most cases, it is thought to be due to disturbances of the body's immune system.

Ventricular Septal Defects

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Zebra Ribbon for Rare Diseases

Ventricular Septal Defects are also known as:
• Congenital Ventricular Defects
• Hole in the Heart

Subdivisions of Ventricular Septal Defects
• Common Ventricle
• Cor Triloculare Biatriatum
• Eisenmenger Syndrome
• Maladie de Roger
• Roger Disease

What are Ventricular Septal Defects?
Ventricular septal defects can occur in any portion of the ventricular septum. The size and location of the defect determine the severity of the symptoms. Small ventricular septal defects can close on their own or become less significant as the child matures and grows. Moderately-sized defects can cause congestive heart failure, which is characterized by an abnormally rapid rate of breathing, wheezing, unusually fast heartbeat, enlarged liver, and/or failure to thrive. Large ventricular septal defects can cause life-threatening complications during infancy. Persistent elevation of the pressure within the artery that carries blood away from the heart and to the lungs can cause permanent damage to the lungs.

Vernal Keratonconjunctivitis

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Zebra Ribbon for Rare Diseases

Vernal Keratonconjunctivitis is also known as:
• Spring Ophthalmia

What is Vernal Keratonconjunctivitis?
Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) is a chronic, non-contagious allergic disorder with seasonal recurrences usually appearing during the spring or warm weather. VKC is caused by a hypersensitivity to airborne-allergens. It usually affects younger members of the population, ages 3-25 and most patients are males. Major symptoms include itching, sensitivity to light and redness. Signs consist of inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the inside of the eyelid and the outer coat of the eyeball; hard, cobblestone-like bumps on the upper eyelid; and stringy or mucous discharge.

Very Long Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (LCAD)

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Blue Jeans Ribbon for Genetic Diseases

Very Long Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (LCAD) is also known as:
• Nonketotic Hypoglycemia Caused by Deficiency of Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase

What is Very Long Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (LCAD)?
Two forms of VLCADD have been described: an early-onset, severe form which, if unrecognized and undiagnosed, may lead to extreme weakness of the heart muscles and may be life-threatening, and a later-onset, milder form that is characterized by repeated bouts of low blood sugar. In reality, patients may present with a combination of symptoms and the disease is best thought of as being a continuum. Since the advent of expanded newborn screening programs using tandem mass spectrometry technology, most VLCADD infants in the United States are being detected in the neonatal period.

Visual Snow Syndrome

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Zebra Ribbon for Rare Diseases

Visual Snow Syndrome is also known as:
• Visual Static
• Persistent Positive Visual Phenomena

What is Visual Snow Syndrome?
Visual snow is a neurological disorder characterized by a continuous visual disturbance that occupies the entire visual field and is described as tiny flickering dots that resemble the noise of a detuned analogue television. In addition to the static, or “snow”, affected individuals can experience additional visual symptoms such as visual images that persist or recur after the image has been removed; sensitivity to light; visual effects originating from within the eye itself and impaired night vision (nyctalopia).


Awareness Ribbon Color:

Purple Ribbon for Vitiligo

What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a disease that causes the loss of skin color in blotches. The extent and rate of color loss from vitiligo is unpredictable. It can affect the skin on any part of the body. It may also affect hair and the inside of the mouth. Normally, the color of hair and skin is determined by melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin die or stop functioning. Vitiligo affects people of all skin types, but it may be more noticeable in people with darker skin. The condition is not life-threatening or contagious.

Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Zebra Ribbon for Rare Diseases

Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease is also known as:
• Alopecia-Poliosis-Uveitis-Vitiligo-Deafness-Cutaneous-Uveo-Oto Syndrome
• Harada Syndrome
• Uveomeningitis Syndrome
• VKH Syndrome

What is Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease?
Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease is a rare disorder of unknown origin that affects many body systems, including as the eyes, ears, skin, and the covering of the brain and spinal cord (the meninges). The most noticeable symptom is a rapid loss of vision. There may also be neurological signs such as severe headache, vertigo, nausea, and drowsiness. Loss of hearing, and loss of hair (alopecia) and skin color may occur along, with whitening (loss of pigmentation) of the hair and eyelashes (poliosis).

Von Hippel-Lindau Disease

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Blue Jeans Ribbon for Genetic Diseases

Von Hippel-Lindau Disease is also known as:
• VHL Syndrome
• Von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

What is Von Hippel-Lindau Disease?
Von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL) is caused by a gene mutation which frequently induces both nonmalignant tumors and malignant tumors (or cancers) that can spread to other organs (become metastatic). Tumors may develop in up to ten different parts of the body. Many of these tumors involve the abnormal growth of blood vessels in different organs of the body. Most of these tumors are benign, meaning that they stay in the same organ where they began. However, VHL tumors in the kidney and pancreas can grow to a stage where they become “malignant,” meaning that the cancer can spread to other parts of the body.

Von Willebrand Disease

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Zebra Ribbon for Rare Diseases

Von Willebrand Disease is also known as:

Subdivisions of Von Willebrand Disease
• von Willebrand syndrome type 1
• von Willebrand syndrome type 2A
• von Willebrand syndrome type 2B
• von Willebrand syndrome type 2M
• von Willebrand syndrome type 2N
• von Willebrand syndrome type 3

What is Von Willebrand Disease?
Von Willebrand disease (VWD) is a common inherited bleeding disorder in the general population affecting males and females equally, but women may be disproportionately impacted due to the bleeding challenges of menstruation and childbirth.

Vulvar Cancer

Awareness Ribbon Color:

Purple Ribbon for Vulvar Cancer

What is Vulvar Cancer?
Vulvar cancer is a type of cancer that occurs on the outer surface area of the female genitalia. The vulva is the area of skin that surrounds the urethra and vagina, including the clitoris and labia. Vulvar cancer commonly forms as a lump or sore on the vulva that often causes itching. Though it can occur at any age, vulvar cancer is most commonly diagnosed in older adults. Vulvar cancer treatment usually involves surgery to remove the cancer and a small amount of surrounding healthy tissue. Sometimes vulvar cancer surgery requires removing the entire vulva. The earlier vulvar cancer is diagnosed, the less likely an extensive surgery is needed for treatment.