NSF Is Linked To Contrast Dye Gadolinium By Medical Team
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a common procedure in hospitals around the world. During an MRI, a large machine bathes the body in a magnetic field that alters the nuclear magnetism of water molecules in the body. This, in turn, causes the atomic nuclei to emit their own magnetic field, which the MRI machine detects and turns into an image for doctors and technicians. Unfortunately, some areas of the body are not as visible as others. Subsequently, doctors sometimes use contrast agents, injecting patients with metals or other elements that are more visible on the image. Because some of these agents can cause painful side effects, it is possible that using them can lead to the complications that have caused victims to file a Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis lawsuit.
In 1997, a medical team in California discovered that gadolinium based contrast agents can cause severely debilitating ailments in some patients. For the most part, these patients are already experiencing some health problems. In fact, it may be chronic kidney (renal) failure that has landed them in the hospital in the first place. The problem occurs when the kidneys can no longer filter toxins and other foreign bodies out of the human blood stream. Without this vital function, elements build up in the body, causing a host of potentially deadly maladies.
Some typical complications resulting from the use of some dyes are included in the following list:
Dark patches on the skin
Unexplained lesions (cuts) on the skin
Fibrous nodes and plaques over the skin
Fibrosis of the diaphragm
Fibrosis of lungs
Fibrosis of thigh muscles or abdomen
Because the tissue is often visible on the skin of the victim, it is sometimes referred to as fibrosing dermopathy.
When people begin to experience problems, they are subjected to uncontrolled growth of fibrous tissues in different organs of the body. This kind of growth is normal during the natural growth of repair tissue by the body. But in NSF victims, the control mechanism that stops the process is broken.
Because of the growth of these kinds of legal actions in America, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a series of warnings about NSF and the dyes used to improve images created through magnetic resonance imaging. The hardened skin and muscles can lead to injury, even death, as victims struggle to walk. Excess tissue buildup can eventually lead to suffocation.
Here is a brief list of some commonly used drugs that contain the harmful metal.
If you have any kidney problems and were recently subjected to an MRI or other radiology procedure requiring the use of a contrasting agent, are experiencing one or more of the severe symptoms listed above, or have any other reason to believe that you may have contracted NSF, contact your doctor, physician, or other health care professional immediately. An early diagnosis is vital in mitigating the often debilitating problems associated with the ailment. Additionally, you may be due recompense from an existing or pending legal action.
If you have been diagnosed by your doctor, contact a gadolinium lawyer immediately, to see if you qualify to file one of these suits. Though finding a qualified attorney can sometimes seem a daunting task, using a directory like LegalTube can help you narrow your search. Working with both an experienced law firm and a knowledgeable doctor will allow you to gain any compensation that you may be owed for medical expenses, lost wages, and general pain and suffering.