Vaccines are associated with a type of thrombocytopenia called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC).
What is Thrombocytopenia?
Thrombocytopenia is any disorder in which there are not enough platelets. Platelets are cells in the blood that help blood to clot. This condition is sometimes associated with abnormal bleeding. Thrombocytopenia is often divided into three major causes of low platelets: low production of platelets in the bone marrow; increased breakdown of platelets in the bloodstream (called intravascular); and increased breakdown of platelets in the spleen or liver (called extravascular).
Vaccines are linked to all types of thrombocytopenia. However, a type of thrombocytopenia called disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is associated with the formation of blood clots. When you are injured, certain proteins in the blood become activated and travel to the injury site to help stop bleeding. However, in persons with DIC, these proteins become abnormally active. Small blood clots form within the blood vessels. Some of these clots can clog up the vessels and cut off blood supply to various organs such as the liver or kidney. These organs will then stop functioning. Over time, the clotting proteins become “used up.” When this happens, the person is then at risk for serious bleeding from even a minor injury. This disorder can result in clots or, more often, in bleeding. The bleeding can be severe. Vaccines are linked to the formation of blood clots.
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