Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura & Vaccines
It is incredibly rare for vaccines to cause Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), however, in some cases, there have been reports of Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) developing shortly after receiving a vaccine, like the flu shot.
By David J. Carney | Updated: Sept. 28, 2023, 10:41 a.m.
ITP, an acronym for Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura, has recently been proven in court to be caused by a flu shot vaccine.
What is Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)?
Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) is a rare autoimmune bleeding disorder characterized by a decrease in the number of platelets in the blood. Platelets are crucial for blood clotting, and a low platelet count can result in excessive bruising and bleeding. It is believed that the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the body's own platelets.
What Causes Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)?
Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) can be triggered by various factors, such as viral infections, certain medications, other autoimmune conditions, and in rare cases after a vaccine.Gabi, a vaccine injury client, talks about her initial conversation with vaccine injury attorney David Carney that led to a large cash settlement for her rare adverse reaction to a vaccine (also known as a vaccine injury.)
What Are The Symptoms of Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)?
Symptoms of ITP include easy bruising, petechiae (small red or purple spots on the skin or mucous membranes), nosebleeds, and prolonged bleeding from cuts or injuries. In severe cases, internal bleeding may occur, leading to blood in urine or stools, or even bleeding in the brain, which can be life-threatening. ITP can affect both children and adults, but it is seen more frequently in women than in men. In children, ITP often occurs after a viral infection and may resolve on its own without treatment. However, in adults, the condition tends to be chronic and requires ongoing management.
What Treatment is Available for Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)?
Treatment for ITP depends on the severity of the symptoms and the individual's overall health. In mild cases with no or few symptoms, no treatment may be necessary, and the condition may resolve on its own. However, if bleeding symptoms persist or become severe, treatment is necessary. Common treatments include corticosteroids to suppress the immune system and increase platelet production, intravenous immunoglobulins to block the immune system's destruction of platelets, and platelet transfusions to temporarily increase platelet count.
Can a Vaccine Cause Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)?
It is incredibly rare for vaccines to cause Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), however, in a few isolated cases, there have been reports of Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) developing shortly after receiving a vaccine. Vaccines that contain live attenuated viruses, such as the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine, have been associated with a very small increased risk of Immune Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP), but the overall risk remains extremely low.
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