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Original article

Vol. 151 No. 4950 (2021)

Immune thrombocytopenia associated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccine tozinameran – a clinical case and global pharmacovigilance data

  • Raphael Battegay
  • Ioanna Istampoulouoglou
  • Andreas Holbro
  • Andreas Buser
  • Julia R. Hirsiger
  • Jens Eckstein
  • Christoph T. Berger
  • Sarah Koechlin
  • Anne B. Leuppi-Taegtmeyer
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Swiss Med Wkly. 2021;151:w30084


We report the occurrence of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in a 77-year-old man a few days after receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine tozinameran (Comirnaty®). The patient was treated with systemic corticosteroids, intravenous immunoglobulins and eltrombopag. He elected to proceed with the second dose of tozinameran 14 weeks after the first and his platelet count remained stable under a tapered eltrombopag dose. To our knowledge, this is the first case in which a second tozinameran dose has been administered to a patient who developed presumed secondary ITP after the first vaccination. We also report global pharmacovigilance data for the occurrence of ITP after vaccination with tozinameran.


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