MRI Contrast Agents

Gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents have been linked to a life-threatening condition for patients with severe kidney insufficiency.

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What is gadolinium?

Gadolinium-based contrast agents are widely utilized in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to enhance image clarity. However, for individuals with severe kidney insufficiency, these agents can lead to nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD), a rare but life-threatening condition.

Many affected by NSF/NFD due to gadolinium exposure have sought the assistance of legal professionals to navigate their options for compensation through a gadolinium lawsuit.

How a Gadolinium case attorney helps

A knowledgeable attorney in this field understands the complex medical and legal issues surrounding gadolinium deposition disease, including the nuances of proving exposure and linking it to your symptoms and diagnoses. They can navigate the intricate legal process, handle negotiations with formidable pharmaceutical companies, and fight for the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, suffering, and potential long-term health impacts.

Along with the above, choosing Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys as your law firm for a gadolinium claim can provide you with the following benefits:

  • Legal knowledge about dangerous drug cases
  • Negotiating skills
  • Focus and dedication 
  • Commitment to compensation 
  • Motivation to proceed with your claim
  • Free consultation

Risks associated with gadolinium-based mri contrast agents

Gadolinium MRI contrast is a dye injected into patients before MRIs to contrast normal and abnormal tissue. It is injected into a patient’s vein, where it gathers in abnormal tissue. Then, when an MRI is conducted, the abnormal areas show up differentiated from normal tissue. After being injected, the kidneys quickly clear gadolinium from the body. Although iodine-based contrast agents have been used for many years, they have been linked to acute renal failure.

It’s crucial for patients, especially those with severe kidney problems, to be aware of the potential risks associated with gadolinium-based contrast agents:

  • Development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD)
  • Hardening and tightening of the skin
  • Joint stiffness, pain, and reduced mobility
  • Eye swelling and vision impairment
  • Complications involving internal organs leading to life-threatening conditions

Gadolinium-based contrast agents approved in the U.S.

There are five gadolinium-based contrast agents currently approved for use in the United States:

  • Magnevist (Gadopentetate Dimeglumine)
  • Omniscan (Gadodiamide)
  • OptiMARK (Gadoversetamide)
  • MultiHance (Gadobenate Dimeglumine)
  • ProHance (Gadoteridol)

Symptoms to Watch Out For after an MRI

NSF/NFD can take weeks or months to appear in patients, but once it begins the disease develops rapidly and can be fatal. If you have undergone a MRI or MRA and are experiencing any symptoms which related to NSF/NFD, you should seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) and Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NFD) include:

  • Burning, itching, or swelling
  • Variations in skin texture, similar to an orange peel
  • Red or dark patches on the skin
  • Yellow spots in the whites of the eyes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Deep skeletal pain, especially in the hips and ribs
  • Joint stiffness and difficulty straightening limbs and extremities
  • Excrusiating, Intense pain in arms and legs
  • Inability to use hands, legs, arms, feet and other joints
  • Tendons, ligaments and soft-tissue thickening
  • Tingling or numbness of skin
  • Severe, persistent headaches
  • Kidney damage
  • Skin hardening or skin that appears spongy or rubbery
  • Joint contraction
  • Brain fog

Navigating Gadolinium Exposure Claims

Consulting with a lawyer can be crucial if you’re considering filing a lawsuit due to injury from gadolinium exposure.

With our expertise, Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys can provide the guidance and support needed to ensure your case is compelling and effectively presented, maximizing your chances of a favorable outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about MRI Contrast Agents.

What should I do if I believe my health issues are linked to a gadolinium-based contrast agent?

If you suspect your health problems are related to gadolinium exposure:

– Document all symptoms and medical treatments since your MRI.
– Request copies of your medical records related to your MRI procedures and any subsequent treatments.
– Consult with a healthcare professional to explore the possible link between your symptoms and gadolinium exposure.
– Speak with a personal injury attorney experienced in medical device and pharmaceutical litigation, as they can provide guidance on your legal rights and options.

Am I eligible to file a lawsuit if I’ve been injured by gadolinium-based contrast agents?

Eligibility for a lawsuit depends on factors such as the severity of your symptoms, your medical history, especially regarding kidney health, and the specific gadolinium-based agent used. If it can be demonstrated that you were not adequately warned about the risks of gadolinium, particularly given any pre-existing health conditions, or if there was negligence in the administration of the agent, you might have a viable claim. An experienced attorney can help determine your eligibility.

What type of compensation might I receive from a lawsuit involving gadolinium-based contrast agents?

Compensation in lawsuits involving gadolinium-based contrast agents can include medical expenses for treating conditions like NSF, pain and suffering, lost wages if you’ve been unable to work due to your condition, and potentially future medical expenses. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded if the manufacturer knew of the risks but failed to adequately warn patients.

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