News

What do you do if you think you have VITT? What we know of the rare clotting disorder

What do you do if you think you have VITT? What we know of the rare clotting disorder
Health
A new blood-clotting syndrome seen in a small minority of COVID-19 vaccine recipients continues to draw significant attention, but experts maintain the event is exceedingly rare -- and treatable, in most cases.

Vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia, or VITT, has been identified in a handful of Oxford-AstraZeneca recipients in Canada, causing death in one patient.

Dr. Jeff Weitz, the executive director of the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TAARI) at McMaster University, says doctors are learning more about VITT every day.

And that s good news for those worried about potentially developing the disorder.

"We now know how to diagnose this and we know how to treat it," Weitz said. "So even if you are one of those unfortunate, rare individuals -- maybe four out of a million -- who get it, we know what to do."

Experts maintain the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the small risk of the clots, with Weitz noting that clots have been detected far more often in COVID-19 patients.
Read more on CTVnews
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
Top Stories
TORONTO The news that AstraZeneca s COVID 19 vaccine may cause blood clots, especially among younger women, has left many wondering whether being on hormonal birth control is...
Science
Researchers in Germany and Canada have added provocative new details to their proposal for how the COVID 19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca might be causing an unusual clotting disorder in a...
Science
Doctors around the world are trying to make sense of the wide range of effects that COVID 19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — can have on the...
Science
A rare but very serious side effect that has complicated Europes COVID 19 vaccination schedules for the past month has now thrown a wrench into U.S. immunization efforts as well. In...
Top Stories
The AstraZeneca vaccine and the rare but serious blood clots it’s associated with have been on everyone’s mind lately. That condition has been given the term Vaccine Induced Immune Thrombotic...