Gadolinium

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Gadolinium is an element that medical practitioners use to as a contrast agent for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and/or Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA). Because gadolinium causes abnormal tissue to glow brightly during these tests, it provides more accurate readings and subsequent treatment.

However, recent research has revealed that those with pre-existing kidney conditions can have difficulty ridding the element from their body. This can result in a dangerous condition called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), which can cause serious injury and even death.

If you or a loved one has developed NSF, it is important to contact a Georgia gadolinium injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential claim.

Drug Recall AttorneysNot everyone is at Risk

Gadolinium is not unsafe for everyone. Because it is eliminated through the kidneys, this contrast agent is only dangerous for those who had kidney problems before receiving the injection. Patients with kidney issues, like renal insufficiency, have a harder time processing gadolinium, which can result in NSF. On the other hand, those who do not have kidney and liver problems are not at risk for developing this condition.

Symptoms of NSF

NSF is a progressive fibrosis of the skin, which causes it to become so tight that mobility is limited. In fact, a patient’s skin can become so tight that it can actually cause bones to fracture. Some of the symptoms associated with NSF are:

  • Skin hardening or tightening
  • Difficulty moving or straightening your arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Darkening or reddening patches of skin
  • Stiff joints/difficulty in movement
  • Dry scaly skin
  • Burning or itching sensations
  • Kidney/renal problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain in your ribs or hips
  • Yellow raised spots on the whites of your eyes

If you have undergone and MRI or MRA in Georgia, received a gadolinium injection, and are developing the symptoms of NSF, please contact or call our Georgia gadolinium injury attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) today. The statute of limitation on your claim is ticking, so it is imperative to call as soon as possible so you do not lose your right to collect damages.