Gadolinium - MRI Dye Side Effects
Gadolinium based MRI dyes have been used for years on thousands of patients to enhanc MRI images. Mostly without a large number of serious side effects occurring. However, a number of rare, but serious side effects have occured. These serious side effects include:
- Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis
- Nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy
- Paralysis of the organs
- Hardened skin - fibrotic nodules
- Kidney & renal failure
- Joint swelling
- Skin lesions
- Skin swelling
- Skin tightening
- Skin thickening
- Deep bone pain
- Rapid on-set hypertension
- Rashes - hives
- Facial swelling
- Muscle weakness
- Severe allergic reactions
- Blood clots
- Inflammation of blood vessels
- Shortness of breath
Individuals who have been injected with a Gadolinium based MRI dye such as OptiMark, Omniscan, MultiHance, Magnevist, ProHance and experience any of these side effects should seek immediate medical attention.
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF)
A more serious and potentially fatal side effect is a disease known as Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF). NSF is an extremely rare disease that was first discovered in 1997. The disease is characterized by the hardening and/or thickening of the skin and connective tissues. This can lead to severe debilitation and, in some cases, death.
The disease usually takes between several weeks and several months to appear after injection with Gadolinium based MRI dye. However, NSF may also take as long as a year and a half to become apparent.
Patients who suffer from NSF often experience severe debilitation and pain. Symptoms of the condition include: skin lesions and red spots, pain in the bones, and muscle weakness, among other things.
Currently, there are 200 cases worldwide, at least 25 of which have been linked to the use of Gadolinium based MRI dyes. Some of these cases have resulted in death.
According to the FDA, patients who face the greatest risk of developing NSF after receiving Gadolinium based MRI dye injections are those with kidney disease or related deficiencies.
The FDA is encouraging patients who have been diagnosed with NSF after receiving an MRI injection to immediately seek treatment.
Speak With A Gadolinium - MRI Dye Lawyer
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) after being injected with a Gadolinium based MRI dye, or is now deceased as a result of the side effect, you may be awarded compensation. Contact us to speak with a lawyer.