Montana Gadolinium Injury Attorneys

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Gadolinium-based contrast agents are drugs that are injected into patients before a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) test. Because gadolinium is a contrast agent, it allows doctors to make a sharper distinction between normal and abnormal cells, to better detect potentially dangerous growths and tumors.

However, gadolinium has been shown to cause harm among with a pre-existing kidney condition, as the element is eliminated from the body through the kidneys. The most dangerous condition associated with gadolinium is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). This disease is characterized by a tightening of the tissues, starting with the skin and can ultimately affect the tissues surrounding the organs resulting in organ failure.

If you have received a gadolinium injection and you believe you may have NSF, contact your doctor immediately. Then consult a Montana gadolinium injury attorney who can help you recover the damages you deserve.

Gadolinium and NSF

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Gadolinium has been used as a contrast agent for MRIs and MRAs more than two decades. When this substance is used in an MRA test, it requires a dosage about twice or three times the size of the dose used in an MRA test. Therefore, many cases of NSF occur after MRA procedures.

When gadolinium is not eliminated from the body in a timely manner, it can lead to NSF. The symptoms can surface within days after injection, or they can take many months to show up.

Symptoms are similar to another skin-affecting disease known as scleroderma, and include:

  • Tightening of the skin
  • Rigid or rough skin on the hands, feet, arms, and legs
  • Restricted mobility or trouble bending your joints
  • Itchy, painful or burning patches of skin
  • Skin that is raised, bumpy or discolored

NSF often affects the limbs first, but can then cause a tightening around your internal organs, eventually causing death.

To date, all confirmed cases of NSF have involved patients who have a history of kidney problems. But because this disease is relatively new, its causes are not entirely known. The condition is best diagnosed with a skin biopsy.

If you have received a gadolinium injection and you have a pre-existing kidney condition, you may be at risk for developing NSF. Please call our Montana gadolinium injury attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) today to discuss your case with our experienced product liability lawyers. You have the right to be compensated for your injuries and hold the manufacturer responsible.