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From the 12/8/2009 release of VAERS data (an older release, current is 1/14/2022):

This is VAERS ID 311987

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VAERS ID: 311987 (history)  
Form: Version .0  
Age: 57.0  
Sex: Male  
Location: Minnesota  
Vaccinated:2007-10-16
Onset:2007-11-18
   Days after vaccination:33
Submitted: 2008-05-09
   Days after onset:172
Entered: 2008-05-09
Vaccin­ation / Manu­facturer Lot / Dose Site / Route
FLU: INFLUENZA (SEASONAL) (FLUVIRIN) / NOVARTIS VACCINES AND DIAGNOSTICS 80685 / 2 LA / IM

Administered by: Unknown       Purchased by: Unknown
Symptoms: Acute respiratory failure, Antinuclear antibody negative, Biopsy brain abnormal, Blindness, Brain oedema, C-reactive protein normal, Central nervous system lesion, Cerebral atrophy, Death, Dysphagia, Escherichia infection, Eye pain, Febrile infection, Full blood count normal, General physical health deterioration, Hypoxia, Intensive care, Leukoencephalomyelitis, Mechanical ventilation, Mental status changes, Muscle spasms, Musculoskeletal stiffness, Myalgia, Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging abnormal, Optic neuritis, Optic neuritis retrobulbar, Oral intake reduced, Papilloedema, Plasmapheresis, Pneumonia, Posturing, Pyrexia, Red blood cell sedimentation rate normal, Staphylococcus identification test positive, Staphylococcal infection, Steroid therapy, Viral infection, Vision blurred
SMQs:, Rhabdomyolysis/myopathy (broad), Anaphylactic reaction (broad), Asthma/bronchospasm (broad), Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (broad), Anticholinergic syndrome (broad), Shock-associated circulatory or cardiac conditions (excl torsade de pointes) (broad), Torsade de pointes, shock-associated conditions (broad), Hypovolaemic shock conditions (broad), Toxic-septic shock conditions (broad), Anaphylactic/anaphylactoid shock conditions (broad), Hypoglycaemic and neurogenic shock conditions (broad), Dementia (broad), Malignancy related therapeutic and diagnostic procedures (narrow), Dystonia (broad), Parkinson-like events (broad), Acute central respiratory depression (narrow), Psychosis and psychotic disorders (narrow), Guillain-Barre syndrome (broad), Noninfectious encephalitis (narrow), Noninfectious encephalopathy/delirium (broad), Noninfectious meningitis (broad), Gastrointestinal nonspecific symptoms and therapeutic procedures (broad), Hyponatraemia/SIADH (broad), Haemodynamic oedema, effusions and fluid overload (narrow), Glaucoma (broad), Optic nerve disorders (narrow), Cardiomyopathy (broad), Demyelination (narrow), Lens disorders (broad), Eosinophilic pneumonia (broad), Retinal disorders (broad), Ocular infections (broad)

Life Threatening? No
Birth Defect? No
Died? Yes
   Date died: 2008-01-21
   Days after onset: 64
Permanent Disability? No
Recovered? No
Office Visit? No
ER Visit? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? Yes, 19 days
   Extended hospital stay? No
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: unknown
Current Illness: none
Preexisting Conditions: none PMH: cranial atherosclerosis, distant history of melanoma excised 15 yrs ago; erectile dysfunction; DJD. Bell''s palsy s/p swine flu shot, resolved. Tennis elbow/bursitis, resolved. Dysuria. Diabetes.
Allergies:
Diagnostic Lab Data: unknown LABS: MRI of orbits revealed bilateral optic nerve enhancement (prechiasmal). Sed rate, CRP, ANA & CBC WNL.
CDC Split Type:

Write-up: information is a verbal report from spouse, onset of illness 32 days after vaccination, treated by primary care MD, thought he had a virus, became blind by 11/21/07, continued deterioration to death. Autospy preformed: found patient had a demylinating process as cause of death. 05/27/08 Autopsy report reviewed which states COD as presumed acute pneumonia (autopsy limited to examination of brain). Report also states clinical hx of acute respiratory failure, febrile illness & staph aureus & e.coli dx on bronchoalveolar lavage 1/14/08. Other contributing conditions included: acute aggressive multifocal demyelinating disease w/white matter lesions multiple areas of the brain including previous biopsy sites & cervical spinal cord; cerebral atrophy & edema. 9/26/08 Reviewed hospital medical records of 1/3-/-19/2008. FINAL DX: multiple CNS lesions w/gadolinium-enhancing CNS lesions; myalgia; hypoxic respiratory failure; dysphagia; poor oral intake; nutrition; possible pneumonia; prophylaxis. Records reveal patient experienced re-admission for brain biopsy which revealed acute demyelinating process. Failed high dose steroids & plasma exchange. Tx w/mitoxantrone treatment & second course of high dose steroids in ICU. Mental & respiratory status deteriorated, significant muscle spasms & pain. Mechanical ventilation. Brain lesions continued to grow & new lesions appeared. Developed decerebrate posturing. Comfort care only decided & transferred to hospital closer to family home. 5/23/08 Reviewed initial eye clinic records of 11/29-11/30/2007 FINAL DX: probable retrobulbar ischemic ACON. Records reveal patient experienced HA x 3 days & blurred vision x 1 day. Patient had viral infection w/fever approx 10 days prior & still has sore eyes & stiff neck. Referred to neuro-ophthal. 6/6/08 Reviewed neuro-optho medical records for 11/30-12/2/2007. FINAL DX: bilateral optic neuritis Records reveal patient seen in clinic 11/30 emergently & admitted to hospital same day. Had used Cialis & noted difficulty


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