Can ADEM be Triggered by a Vaccine?
Yes. Viral infection or vaccination rarely triggers ADEM. However, doctors sometimes first diagnose ADEM as a severe first attack of multiple sclerosis (MS). This is because some of the symptoms of the two disorders, particularly those caused by demyelination, overlap.
In contrast, ADEM usually shows symptoms of encephalitis (fever, coma), and symptoms of myelin damage (vision loss, paralysis). This is different from MS, which usually doesn’t have encephalitis-like symptoms. In addition, ADEM usually consists of a single episode or attack, while MS features many attacks over the course of time. Similarly to ADEM, MS can also be triggered by viral infection or vaccination.
Prognosis of ADEM Triggered by Vaccination
Corticosteroid therapy typically shortens the duration of neurological symptoms of ADEM while also halting further progression of the disease in the short-term, but the long-term prognosis for individuals varies significantly. Studies indicate that half of all patients with ADEM will eventually completely recover. Unfortunately, that leaves the other half that will not. Of those, the prognoses vary greatly.
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Compensation for ADEM Triggered by Vaccine
Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. helps patients get compensation for injuries resulting from Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis following vaccination. Some of the vaccines that may trigger ADEM include:
Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) Case Results
|Amount Compensated||Illness |
|Vaccine Name||Link to Court Decision||Date|
|$75,000||Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis||Influenza Vaccine||Case 14-482V||7/11/16|
|$2.2 Million||ADEM and MS||Meningococcal Vaccine||Case 14-81V||7/11/16|
|$497,000 + Lifetime Annuity||Acute Demyelinating Encephalomyelitis ADEM||Influenza Vaccine||Case 13-654V||9/24/15|
|$325,000||Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)||Tdap, Menactra||Case 11-674V||2/13/15|
|$70,000||Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis||Tetanus (Tdap), Gardasil HPV, Menactra Vaccines||Case 11-21V||10/31/12|
|$40,000||Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis||Tdap, Menactra Vaccines||Case 10-516V||7/8/11|
|$410,000||ADEM||Influenza Vaccine||Case 16-938V||3/30/18|
If you think you may have triggered a severe reaction such as ADEM after getting any of these vaccinations, please contact Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. at 888.952.5242. Alternatively, fill out a vaccine injury contact form on the bottom of this page.