MRI contrast dyes containing gadolinium have been linked to serious health issues, including gadolinium toxicity, among other side effects. If you or a loved one have experienced complications after undergoing an MRI with a gadolinium-based contrast dye, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with experienced gadolinium toxicity lawyers across the country. They charge no fee unless you get an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number 24/7 or fill out a contact form online.
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Are There Gadolinium Lawsuits?
Although the complaints surrounding gadolinium-based contrast agents are still relatively new, injured patients are coming forward and filing lawsuits. One example includes Chuck and Gena Norris who filed suit against McKesson Corp. to recover for the injuries suffered by Gena Norris after she was administered gadolinium prior to an MRI. The couple alleged that the contrast dye caused serious health complications and resulted in millions of dollars in health care costs.
Similar lawsuits are being filed across the country alleging that patients have suffered debilitating side effects after being administered a gadolinium-based contrast agent. Recent scientific studies support that the injuries and side effects reported in these lawsuits can be caused by gadolinium. As more information is released, it is expected that a growing number of gadolinium toxicity lawsuits will be filed.
What are some of the Side Effects Gadolinium Can Cause?
Numerous side effects have been reported in connection with the use of gadolinium. Some of the more serious side effects include gadolinium toxicity. This occurs when high levels of the metallic substance remain in the body and can cause severe damage to the nervous system, resulting in pain, memory loss, trouble walking or moving, and persistent headaches.
Another condition reportedly caused by gadolinium is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), which causes fibrosis of the skin, joints, eyes, and internal organs. This condition can even be life threatening. Other side effects that have been reported include nausea, vomiting, chronic headaches, cognitive impairment, muscle pain, memory loss, muscle weakness, and joint pain. Scientific data points to the fact that the substance gadolinium in the body can be dangerous at any dose to any patient regardless of age. However, patients with kidney function issues are more likely to develop serious side effects.
Why is Gadolinium Dangerous?
Patients who have been administered gadolinium prior to their MRIs have suffered all kinds of serious side effects. It is thought that high levels of the metallic compound in the body, otherwise known as gadolinium toxicity, is to blame. Recent studies have shown that gadolinium may not filter through the kidneys and exit the body through the urine as was once thought. In fact, scientific data supports that the metallic substance can actually stay in the body and cause serious and even life threatening health complications. Patients who have compromised kidney function are at an even higher risk of suffering serious side effects after being administered gadolinium-based contrast dyes. This new information has caused many scientific and healthcare experts to question whether gadolinium-based contrast agents are actually safe.
What is Gadolinium Contrast?
Gadolinium is a heavy metallic element that is commonly used in MRI contrast dyes, also referred to as gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA). When combined with certain types of chemicals, gadolinium has magnetic properties, which have been found to enhance and improve the visibility of internal structures in the body during an MRI. This provides a greater level of detail in the images sent to the radiologist and allows for more accuracy in diagnosing conditions such as inflammation and tumors. For this reason, gadolinium is widely used in contrast dyes administered to patients who undergo MRIs. The substance is generally given by injection into the body prior to the MRI, is filtered through the kidneys, and is then supposed to exit the body through the urine after the test is complete. Gadolinium-based contrast agents are currently used in about 1 of 3 MRI scans.
What is The FDA Doing About Gadolinium Contrast Dye?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning informing the public that gadolinium-based contrast agents are retained by the body. As a result, the FDA approved new medication guidelines for patients who may receive a gadolinium-based contrast dye prior to their MRI. These instructions take into account the serious health concerns and dangers associated with these contrast dyes. Under the guidelines, doctors are instructed to take into account the tendency of gadolinium to remain in the body after being administered. Doctors should further consider the possible side effects the contrast could have on the patient and whether the patient has any pre-existing conditions that could make any side effects more severe. Patients who may be at a higher risk of serious complications include those who have reduced kidney function, pregnant women, and patients with inflammatory conditions.
How Do I Know if the Contrast Dye is Gadolinium Based?
Gadolinium is a very common ingredient in many contrast dyes, and 1 out of every 3 MRIs performed utilizes a gadolinium-based contrast agent. Therefore, it is important to know whether the contrast medium your doctor prescribes contains gadolinium. One way to find out is to speak to your doctor prior to your MRI and ask what kind of contrast dye may be used. You may also request a copy of your medical records after the MRI to see which brand of contrast dye was used. Some of the more common gadolinium-based contrast agents include the following medications:
- Omniscan (gadodiamide)
- OptiMARK (gadoversetamide)
- Eovist (gadoxetate disodium)
- Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine)
- MultiHance (gadobenate dimeglumine)
- Dotarem (gadoterate meglumine)
- Gadavist (gadobutrol)
- ProHance (gadoteridol)
Contact an Experienced Gadolinium Toxicity Lawyer Today!
If you or a loved one have suffered serious side effects after undergoing an MRI with gadolinium contrast dye, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced gadolinium toxicity lawyers across the country who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a gadolinium toxicity lawsuit on your behalf. There are no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number anytime at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.