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Suspected thrombosis after corona vaccination? This is how the very rare complication is treated - aspirin does not help


Thrombosis occurs very rarely after corona vaccinations. You can find out here how you can recognize them quickly and how doctors treat the blood clots.

Thrombosis occurs very rarely after corona vaccinations.

You can find out here how you can recognize them quickly and how doctors treat the blood clots.

Whether medication or vaccinations: any therapy can be associated with undesirable side effects. Corona vaccines approved in Germany are considered safe according to the European Medicines Agency, but reports of life-threatening sinus vein thromboses after Astrazeneca vaccinations after the vaccine was approved shook the confidence of many citizens.

It is now known that vaccination with the Astrazeneca product actually leads to thrombosis more frequently than immunization with the mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Biontech - even if only in very rare cases.

As the Ärzteblatt informs,

59 cases of sinus and cerebral vein thrombosis after the first vaccination with the vector vaccine from Astrazeneca have been reported to

the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) as the Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedical Medicines from the start of the vaccination campaign until April 15


45 women and 14 men were affected.

Most of them have not yet reached the age of 60.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), more than 4.2 million initial doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine had been administered by mid-April.

In the case of mRNA vaccines such as the Moderna and Biontech preparations, there is so far no evidence of an increased risk of thrombosis * after the vaccination, as reported by the Pharmazeutische Zeitung (PZ).

Recognize thrombosis quickly after corona vaccination: Take the following symptoms seriously

Even if relatively few people develop thrombosis after the corona vaccination, you should watch your body closely after the vaccination. Because if side effects are recognized early on, countermeasures can be taken and treated quickly. As reported by the portal on behalf of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), an estimated six to 14 out of a million people formed blood clots within two weeks of being vaccinated with Vaxzevria / Astrazeneca.

After vaccination, these would have occurred in the veins of the head (sinus vein thrombosis), abdomen (splanchnic vein thrombosis) or in the arteries


According to the Paul Ehrlich Institute, the reported cases of sinus vein thrombosis occurred within four to 16 days.

According to the PZ, the institute advises all vaccinated persons to seek medical treatment immediately if they feel increasingly unwell more than four days after the vaccination,

for example with severe headaches or punctiform skin bleeding (so-called petechiae). 

The following symptoms can indicate a

sinus vein thrombosis

, according to the Pharmazeutische Zeitung:

  • severe headache

  • neurological deficits such as speech disorders and paralysis

  • Impaired consciousness 

Preparations with ASA have a delayed effect: heparin is used for therapy in acute thrombosis cases

In the case of classic symptoms of a thrombus in the head (stroke) such as sensory, visual, speech and balance disorders as well as sudden unilateral paralysis or furry and tingling numbness in the arm, leg and / or face area with the corner of the mouth hanging down on one side

, the emergency call should be dialed immediately become. To do this, dial 112.

The most important thing about thrombosis is that it is treated very quickly

. Then the chances of recovery are very good and those affected do not have to expect permanent damage. The Pharmazeutische Zeitung informs that thromboses (including sinus vein thromboses) are treated with inhibitors of blood clotting, including anticoagulants such as heparin and factor Xa inhibitors. Lysis therapy with fibrinolytics such as streptokinase, alteplase, reteplase and tenecteplase would also be used to dissolve the thrombus and thus successfully treat the vascular occlusion. Preparations with the active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), which is also contained in aspirin, or blood-thinning drugs such as Marcumar are not used for the acute therapy of thrombosis because their effect is delayed, according to the PZ.

(jg) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

To the PEI publication

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