The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2004 , Vol 46 , Num 3
Back to the basics: hemorrhage after vaccination: a case report

Department of Pediatrics, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey


Cengiz AB, Kanra G, Kara A, Özen M, Konu M, Erdoğan İ, Çetin M. Back to the basics: hemorrhage after vaccination: a case report. Turk J Pediatr 2004; 46: 259-261.

A 50-day-old girl with swelling and ecchymosis of right hand dorsum after DTP vaccination on ipsilateral deltoid area was referred to the pediatric infectious disease outpatient unit with a presumed diagnosis of gangrenous cellulites. Physical examination and laboratory evaluation revealed intramuscular bleeding as a result of vitamin K deficiency. We would like to emphasize the importance of both vitamin K prophylaxis in the newborn to prevent hemorrhagic disease of the newborn and of the education of persons administering vaccines about this very basic aspect of pediatrics for early recognition.

Keywords : vaccination side effect vitamin K deficiency infant bleeding hemorrhagicdisease of the newborn.
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