Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP, is a disorder in which the immune system attacks and destroys platelets in the blood. In rare instances, onset of the condition has followed administration of the MMR vaccine.

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The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to parents and caregivers whose child was diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura, or ITP, after receiving the MMR vaccine. To learn if you might qualify for compensation, contact our vaccine injury lawyers by calling (888) 994-5118.

What is Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura?

ITP is an autoimmune disorder in which immune cells mistakenly attack and destroy platelets in the blood.

The disorder can affect both adults and children.

Children often develop ITP after a viral illness or other infection. In such cases, ITP is a short-term problem and most children will recover without treatment.

ITP is a long-term health issue for adults.

Signs and Symptoms of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura

Many people with ITP will not have any symptoms.  Those who do may experience:

  • Purpura: Easy or excessive bruising (purpura)
  • Petechia: Superficial bleeding into the skin that looks like a rash of pinpoint-sized reddish-purple spots. Petechia usually appears on the lower legs
  • Bleeding from the gums or nose
  • Blood in urine or stools
  • Unusually heavy menstrual flow

Rarely, people with ITP may suffer bleeding in the brain, which may prove fatal.

Treatment for ITP symptoms and complications may include blood transfusion and medications.

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura and Vaccines

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, children who receive the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine may be at an increased risk for ITP following inoculation.

According to one study, the rate of ITP following MMR vaccination is roughly 1 case per 40,000 vaccinated children.

Many children receive other vaccines when they get an MMR shot. Thus, it is possible that ITP may be related to other vaccines.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) lists Thrombocytopenia Purpura as a covered injury for the MMR vaccine, so long as its onset occurs not less than 7 days and not more than 30 days after inoculation

Compensation for Vaccine-Related Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura

The NVICP provides compensation to those who have been harmed by vaccines.  To date, the program has paid more than $3.9 billion in compensation to victims of injuries related to the MMR vaccine and other vaccines.

If your child was diagnosed with ITP following vaccination, please call (888) 994-5118 to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.

Last Modified: July 10, 2018

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