MRI Dye Side Effects

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Chemical dyes are sometimes injected into patients prior to an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to enhance internal images. However, certain widely used MRI dyes may cause a number of side effects, including a serious, potentially fatal disease known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, or NSF. The Food and Drug Administration in May 2007 ordered a labeling change to gadolinium-based MRI dyes to warn medical professionals and patients of the risk of NSF and other side effects.

If you suffered a severe MRI dye side effect such as NSF, a qualified attorney can determine your eligibility to seek compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What is 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. In some instances, this thickening may also affect internal organs—which can lead to death.

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.

Other MRI Dye Side Effects

In addition to NSF, other MRI dye side effects include:

  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Blood clots
  • Hives
  • Inflammation of blood vessels
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath

Individuals who have been injected with a gadolinium-based MRI dye (OptiMark, Omniscan, MultiHance, Magnevist, ProHance) and experience any of these symptoms or side effects should seek immediate medical attention.

Contact an Attorney

Those who have suffered an MRI dye side effect such as NSF may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and other losses. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact an MRI dye attorney today.

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