Going Viral: Episode 157


Going Viral: AZ Clots – Are you missing it?


In this episode:


– The key to diagnosis is the timing relating to the first dose of the AZ vaccine, most cases occurring between days 4 and 30
– Look out for headaches and abdominal pain that are unusual, does not settle with usual treatment, and occur within the 4 – 30 day post immunisation period
– Key blood tests show thrombocytopenia  <150 and d-dimer >5 times ULN


Host: Dr David Lim, GP and Medical Educator
Total time: 27 mins
Guest: A/Prof Nigel Crawford, Paediatrician; Director, Surveillance of Adverse Events Following Vaccination In the Community (SAEFVIC), Murdoch Children’s Research Institute; Head of Immunisation Services Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne; Chair, Victorian Specialist Immunisation Services (VicSIS) network


Recommended Resources:


Melbourne Vaccine Education Centre – Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS)
TGA COVID-19 vaccine weekly safety report
Latest ATAGI statement on revised recommendations on the use of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, 17 June 2021
Coronavirus vaccine – weekly summary of Yellow Card reporting

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