Rhode Island Case of Post-Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine-Induced Myopericarditis in a 20 Year-Old Male as Described in VAERS, and Corroborating Sources

  • Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) case report of a 20 year-old hospitalized in Rhode Island during March, 2021 for post-Pfizer Covid-19 mRNA vaccine-induced myopericarditis. The VAERS report records a 20 year old male initially vaccinated with Pfizer’s Covid-19 mRNA vaccine on 2/26/21, 2nd dose 3/18/21, developing chest pain on 3/20/21, and being hospitalized through the Emergency Department on 3/22/21, for 3-days. Electrocardiogram, imaging studies, & troponin elevation were all consistent with acute myopericarditis. Patient was hospitalized for 3-days. He was SARSCOV2 negative on PCR, & also SARSCOV2 nucleocapsid antibody negative, both consistent with no current or recent SARSCOV2 infection. The rest of his work-up for other viral etiologies of myopericarditis was negative. Link to full VAERS pdf report for VAERS ID 1347752-1 can be downloaded here: VAERS ID 1347752-1
  • Corroborative data from Rhode Island Department of Health 2021 deidentified dataset on all hospitalizations in the state: 20 year old white male, from Florida, hospitalized at The Miriam Hospital for a primary diagnosis of (myo)pericarditis during March, 2021 for a 3-day length of stay.
  • June 9, 2022 a brief research letter was published in the journal Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging, describing the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings from 14 cases of myopericarditis among young Rhode Island men (median age 19, interquartile age range 16-24; mean age 21 ± 6 years old), hospitalized between January-September, 2021. The full research letter can be downloaded as a pdf here: RI post C19 vax myocarditis MRI series published 6.9.22
  • Finally, the evidence above corroborates this brief, anonymized caregiver informant account, spontaneously volunteered during an unrelated conversation between the informant and Dr. Bostom, during June, 2022. A transcript of that exchange is below, and there is a recording of it if ever needed, for validation.
  • Transcript of Informant describing Brown University student post-covid-19 mRNA vaccination-induced myocarditis
  • (Informant): “It (coverage of the inpatient service) was very sporadic, at The um Miriam (Hospital), and even in that short exposure I saw three cases, or knew of at least three cases, of probable (covid-19) vaccine-related myocarditis”…(Informant): “There was another kid, a Brown University student who was volunteering at the (Miriam) Hospital”…

    (Dr. Bostom): “And he got vaccinated to do that, right?”

    (Informant): “He got vaccinated, and shortly after had a very high troponin (blood test marker of heart muscle injury). It was an old scale troponin. It was like 45, and that would be 4500…

    (Dr. Bostom): “4500, exactly, yeah”

    (Informant): “What’s that?”

    (Dr. Bostom): “Yeah 4500. That’s what they’re reporting; that’s what they’re reporting now (i.e., for post-covid-19 vaccine-induced myocarditis troponin elevations)”

    (Informant): “His was high.”

    (Dr. Bostom): “Did he have to be hospitalized at least for monitoring?”

    (Informant): “He got hospitalized my last night on call. I remember his parents were extremely concerned. I had administrators calling me from down south where his parents lived.”

    (Dr. Bostom): “This was a, this was a Brown student?”

    (Informant): “Yeah a Brown student.”

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