My daughter developed ITP at 12 months of age. I believe it could be related to receiving the MMR vaccine. Has anyone else heard of this happening?
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Margaret - posted on 11/26/2012
Just thought i would let everyone know one of my children was diagnosed as having IPT! My baby boy who is 2 years old had 0 zero platelets caused by tonsilitis as he had no other symptons other then a rash that we thought could have been menigitis but was bruising by banging himself, the doctors opted for a wait and see treatment, with weekly blood tests week 1 platelets went to 6 week 2 they went to 30 the following week they dropped to 22 two weeks later 47 then the blood tests waited for nearly three weeks and it hit 212 which they have said is normal and he is now discharged! but sometimes i believe his count may have dropped as he some times bruises very easily and other times not at all! You do learn to tell when the platelets are low and high by the colouring of bruises and how easily or difficult they are!
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Diane - posted on 03/17/2009
Hi Terri, My daughter Bree who is now 30yrs old and a twin (brother) developed ITP when she was 4 years old, it affected her platlets and her red ones were down to 40,000 which can be fatel. I have not or then heard of it being caused by a certain thing. I was told it just happens and may never happen again in her life or could come back at anytime. Luckily it has not reacurred. Hospital and steroids are the only effective treatment, although things would have changed by now. Bree was covered in bruises, black and blue and looked like a battered child, also red spider webs, and ulcers in her mouth causing bleeding. It took about 1 month for her to recover.
Janine - posted on 03/10/2009
Although ITP is one of the most frequently diagnosed haematological disorders among young children, it is an uncommon condition. The risk of ITP occurring within the 6 weeks after vaccination with MMR is significantly increased. However the attributable risk of ITP within 6 weeks after MMR vaccination remains low at 1 in 25 000 vaccinated children. Complications or long-term consequences of ITP in this age group are rare. For the majority of children less than 6 years of age, the illness is self-limiting.
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