The Bay Area man’s case is the first instance of U.S. public health officials specifically acknowledging “vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia syndrome” in a male who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In what is believed to be the first reported case of its kind in a male, a 30-year-old Bay Area man is being treated for a blood clot disorder he developed after receiving the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID vaccine, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The man was vaccinated April 8, and a week later experienced increasing lower back and leg pain. He was hospitalized at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) medical center where he received treatment “which includes intravenous immune globulin, the anticoagulant argatroban and prednisone,” UCSF spokeswoman Suzanne Leigh said in a statement Monday.
Doctors at UCSF said the man is being treated for vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) and that he is responding well to treatment and should be released soon.
VITT is characterized by the presence of two conditions concurrently: thrombosis (often in unusual sites like the cerebral sinus veins or splanchnic veins) and thrombocytopenia, and is associated with prior administration of the J&J or AstraZeneca COVID vaccines.