Did you suffer health problems after an MRI? This could be the reason
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices on February 18, 2019
Each year millions of MRIs are performed across the U.S. This common procedure helps doctors diagnose health problems and injuries by using powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the body.
One third of patients undergoing an MRI are injected with a contrast dye to help create a clearer image.
Many of these contrast dyes contain a heavy metal called gadolinium. For years, medical professionals thought the gadolinium in the contrast agents was quickly removed from the body by the kidneys.
It was later discovered that patients with kidney problems had trouble filtering out the gadolinium, and we now know that even patients with healthy kidney function can be left with toxic gadolinium levels in their brain, bones, and organ tissue.
Many patients don’t suffer any problems after undergoing an MRI with contrast, but those who do experience complications can suffer serious long-term health issues.
Which health problems are linked to gadolinium?
If a gadolinium-based contrast agent was used during your MRI procedure you could be at risk for the following conditions:
- Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) with no prior history of kidney issues. Symptoms of NSF include swelling, tightening, thickening or hardening of the skin, burning, itching, or severe pain.
- Skin lesions and other severe skin issues
- Development of pain disorders including neuropathy, arachnoiditis, and fibromyalgia
- Burning, tingling, or searing skin or joint pain
- Vision or hair loss
MRIs are used to diagnose or monitor injuries and chronic health problems, and there are times when the benefits of an MRI with contrast may outweigh the risks. Patients should always discuss the issue with their doctor before undergoing an MRI procedure to determine the safest approach for their unique circumstances.
If you suffered any of the conditions discussed above after an MRI procedure you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine if gadolinium-based contrast agents are to blame. For more information, contact our Columbus personal injury lawyers today at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.
Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or fill out an online contact form for a free review of your claim.
Disclaimer: This website is not intended to provide medical advice. Patients should consult with a trained medical professional before making a decision to delay or forgo surgery or other medical procedures.