Injured by side effects of an MRI contrast dye containing gadolinium?
In May of 2007, the FDA required a Black Box Warning for all MRI contrast dyes containing gadolinium. Reports have identified a possible link between Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) and the use of injected MRI contrast dyes containing gadolinium.
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) is a connective tissue disorder that starts in the skin of the arms and legs and spreads to other parts of the body and internal organs. It causes the skin to change color, often to pink or orange and then brown, and causes the skin to stiffen and develop a “woody” or hard texture. The skin can also lose its hair and pigment. It is a painful condition, and the limbs affected become difficult to move. It can spread to other parts of the body, including internal organs, and eventually can lead to death. A kidney transplant might be necessary to treat Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). This condition can start in as little as a few days or even several months after injection with a contrast agent during an MRI.
Gadolinium is a heavy metal found deep in the earth. It is highly toxic in its free (uncovered) form. MRI contrast dyes containing gadolinium are supposed to be secreted out of the body quickly, but some people, especially those with impaired kidney function, may not be able to secrete it as quickly as necessary.
The brand names of MRI contrast dyes containing gadolinium include Omniscan®, OptiMARK®, Magnevist®, MultiHance®, and ProHance®.
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If you or a loved one has been given an MRI dye containing gadolinium and subsequently developed Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), you should contact our Kansas City Gadolinium litigation office at (816) 484-3776 or by e-mail. We provide a free, one-on-one consultation with an experienced Gadolinium litigation attorney.