Gadolinium Dye Injury Lawyer
What is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF)?Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) is a rare but potentially fatal disease that causes thickening of the skin, tissues and organs. Those who are affected by this disease may experience limited mobility and may become wheelchair bound. In the most severe cases, a person may die from complications of NSF.
If you or a family member have an impaired kidney and underwent an MRI scan that used a gadolinium-agent, you may be at risk for NSF. The gadolinium-dye lawyers at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys are now reviewing lawsuit claims against the makers of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA) on behalf of clients injured by gadolinium. Schedule a free case evaluation with a gadolimium dye injury lawyer today to discuss your injuries and whether you should file a dangerous drug injury claim.
MRIs and GBCAs Linked to Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis
A doctor will request a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to obtain a picture of a patient’s brain, spine or other internal organ. The use of a gadolinium-dye injection prior to an MRI is to help the contrast agent work through a patient’s blood stream and basically highlight abnormal tissues on an image scan to assist in diagnosing ailments.The first GBCA was approved for use in MRIs in 1988. Currently there are six approved variations of this agent in use:
- Magnevist; manufactured by Bayer Imaging
- MultiHance; manufactured by Bracco Diagnostics
- Omniscan; manufactured by GE Healthcare
- OptiMARK; manufactured by Mallinckrodt/Tyco Healthcare
- ProHance; manufactured by Bracco Diagnostics
- Gadavist; manufactured by Bayer Imaging
In 2006, the FDA issued public health advisories that warned doctors, manufacturers and the general public about a link between GBCA enhanced MRI scans and patients that later developed Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis. Those at an even higher risk of developing NSF after a GBCA injection were patients who suffer from impaired kidneys as their bodies are not able to eliminate the agent properly, leading to a toxic reaction.
In 2010, the American College of Radiology issued an advisory stating that OptiMARK, Magnevist and Omniscan were the GBCAs most often linked to an increased risk of patients developing NSF. To help reduce the risk of NSF among patients, the FDA suggests that only the minimum manufacturer recommended dosage be used during an MRI. The FDA has not approved GBCA use during an MRA.
The gadolinium attorneys at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys are now reviewing claims against the makers of gadolinium. These gadolinium lawsuits allege that the manufacturers did not adequately test their products for severe side effects to include the risk of developing NSF.
Schedule a free initial consultation with a GBCA class action lawyer at Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys to help determine if you may be entitled to compensation for injuries suffered as a result of a GBCA.
Symptoms of NSF after receiving a GBCA
Contact a doctor immediately if you or a loved one experiences any of the following health conditions after receiving a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA). These NSF symptoms may appear a few days after a gadolinium-dye injection or months later:
- Pain deep in your hip bones or ribs
- Swelling, hardening and tightening of your skin
- Reddened or darkened patches on the skin
- Burning or itching of your skin
- Yellow raised spots on the whites of your eyes
- Limited mobility due to stiffness of joints
- Muscle weakness
Contact a Glen Lerner gadolinium-agent attorney as soon as possible if you or a loved one is diagnosed with NSF in order to ensure that your legal rights are protected. One of our experienced gadolinium class action lawsuit attorneys will answer your questions and help you determine if you or a loved one may be entitled to compensation for any injuries suffered as a result of a GBCA.
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