Back to the basics: hemorrhage after vaccination: a case report

Cengiz A., Kanra G., Kara A., Ozen M., Konu M., Erdogan I., ...More

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.46, no.3, pp.259-261, 2004 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.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.