Gadolinium Side Effects

Gadolinium is a metallic element used to enhance the resolution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) scans. It is combined with carbon-based solutions to form contrast dyes commonly injected into patients prior to MRI or MRA scans. Recently, gadolinium contrast dyes have been linked to nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), sometimes called nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD)—a fatal disease affecting the skin, joints, eyes, and internal organs.

If you developed NSF or NFD after being injected with a gadolinium contrast dye, Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough wants to help. We have more than 30 years of experience helping injured victims get the compensation they deserve. So contact our legal staff today—just dial (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form.

Serious Gadolinium Health Risks

The first cases of NSF/NFD were identified in 1997. Though the exact causes aren’t known, increasing evidence points to a link between the disease and exposure to gadolinium contrast dyes. The disease can develop months after exposure to the dyes, and its symptoms can include:

  • bone pain in the hips and ribs.
  • burning, itching, or severe sharp pain in certain areas.
  • changes in skin texture.
  • difficulty walking or extending joints.
  • swelling and tightening of the skin.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required gadolinium-based contrast dyes to carry new warning labels informing doctors and patients about the risk of NSF/NFD. The FDA states patients at the highest risk of developing NSF/NFD include those with acute kidney injuries or chronic severe kidney disease.

Experienced Legal Representation

You aren’t alone if you’re facing medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after developing NSF/NFD due to gadolinium contrast dye exposure. At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our experienced legal team has been helping injured victims since 1981, and we can help you, too. So don’t wait to get the gadolinium risks lawyers you need. Contact us today.

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