Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents are intravenous drugs injected into a patient’s vein before a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) scan to improve visualization of internal organs, blood vessels, tumors, and tissues.
The lawsuit involving gadolinium-based contrast agents claims the use of these drugs can result in gadolinium toxicity, Gadolinium Deposition Disease, and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis.
The most common side effects caused by gadolinium-based contrast agents are headaches, nausea, dizziness, and allergic reactions. These symptoms generally occur within minutes of a gadolinium injection, if they do occur.
The most serious injuries caused by the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents are Gadolinium Deposition Disease and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis.
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) is a debilitating and deadly disease that causes the skin to harden, and causes a patient’s joints to contract. The areas between the ankles and the thighs and the wrists and the upper arms are most commonly affected. Symptoms develop slowly over a few weeks to a few months after exposure to gadolinium-based contrast agents, and can result in chronic pain and loss of mobility.
Gadolinium Deposition Disease (GDD) causes patients to suffer fibrosis (thickening and scarring of connective tissue) in an organ, bone, and skin, and gadolinium to be retained in the neuronal nuclei of the brain. Symptoms start within minutes up to two months after an MRI or MRA where a linear gadolinium-based contrast agent was utilized.
Patients suffering from Gadolinium Deposition Disease often experience chronic headaches, bone and joint pain, and clouded mental acuity. They also can experience subcutaneous soft-tissue thickening that appears somewhat spongy or rubbery. Tendons and ligaments may also become painful and have a thickened appearance.
Symptoms of Gadolinium Deposition Disease
If you or someone you love has experienced side effects after using a Gadolinium contrast during MRI, there is an opportunity to collect compensation for damages. Contact The Law Offices of Bobby Garcia for a free, confidential case evaluation. We’re here to help you get what you deserve.