After receiving one of the two government-approved COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States, reports are coming out that as many as 36 people have developed a rare, life-threatening blood disorder known as thrombocytopenia.
One of those who reportedly developed the fatal condition, a Miami obstetrician Dr. Gregory Michael, died just 16 days after receiving the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer. He was confirmed to have developed thrombocytopenia, which caused his blood platelet to drop to virtually zero resulting in a brain hemorrhage. Michael was only 56-years-old.
Thrombocytopenia has been seen following the administering of other types of vaccines in the past. The working theory is that the shot acts in some manner as a trigger—but just how it does is still unknown.
Even so, the condition still appears exceedingly rare—having so far affected 36 individuals out of an estimated 43 million US citizens having been confirmed vaccinated. Scientists have a theory that a small fraction of the population may be susceptible and have a genetic disposition that can lead to vaccines trigger the disorder.
In a soon to be released study, out of the 15 individuals observed, only one showed a history of low platelet counts. Even with this knowledge, it is still unclear which common threads may be present that could help predict who might or might not be the most susceptible to developing thrombocytopenia after vaccination.
Of those that have developed the blood disorder, Dr. Michael was the only patient to not recover after treatment. It is worth mentioning that of those millions that have received the COVID-19 vaccination, there have been little to no incidents reported.
What is thrombocytopenia (ITP)?
ITP-or immune thrombocytopenia purpura—is a disorder of the blood that presents with a decrease in the number of platelets found in the blood. Platelets are vital for the clotting of blood to stem and stop bleeding. If there is a significant decrease in these cells, it can lead to easy bruising, bleeding gums, or internal bleeding.
The cause of the disease is when the body has an immune reaction to its own platelets. It is also often referred to as autoimmune thrombocytopenia purpura.
Will we be seeing more of this blood disorder as the second round of vaccinations take place?