Ms Neckelman said she told her husband’s story to make people aware of the possible “side effects” of the vaccine and “that it is not good for everyone and in this case destroys the beautiful life, the perfect family and affects so many people. people in the community. “
Dr. Jerry L. Spivak, a blood disease expert at Johns Hopkins University who was not involved in Dr. Michael’s care, said that based on Ms. Neckelman’s description, “I think it’s medical certainty that the vaccine is associated. ”
“This will be very rare,”
However, he said, that should not stop people from being vaccinated.
The condition developed by Dr. Michael, acute immune thrombocytopenia, occurs when the immune system attacks the patient’s own platelets or attacks the cells in the bone marrow that form platelets. Covid itself can cause the condition in some patients.
A long list of medications, including quinine and some antibiotics, can also cause the disorder in some people. Dr. Spivak described the reactions as “idiosyncratic,” meaning that they strike certain individuals without rhyme or cause, probably based on unknown genetic traits, and there is no way to predict whether someone is susceptible.
“If you vaccinate enough people, things will happen,” he said.
Vaccines stimulate the immune system and in theory, in rare cases, could lead to misidentification of some of the patient’s own cells as enemy invaders that must be destroyed.
Dr. Spivak said several things made the vaccine most likely suspicious in Dr. Michael’s case. The disorder appeared quickly after the shot and was so severe that it caused his platelets to count a “rocket,” a pattern like the one in some cases caused by drugs like quinine. In addition, Dr. Michael was healthy and young, compared to most people who develop chronic forms of the disease for other reasons. Finally, most patients – 70 percent – are women. The sudden case in a man, especially a relatively young, healthy one, suggests a recent trigger.