Gadolinium Pregnancy Dangers

As the research community begins to expand its knowledge of the dangers of gadolinium dye, more studies are examining how the chemical affects different people. The most shocking is new research on gadolinium pregnancy complications. The results are shocking.

About Gadolinium

Gadolinium is a chemical element carrying the atomic number 64 and the atomic symbol Gd. Belonging to a group of elements in the periodic table called Lanthanides, the chemical is a rare earth element typically used in microwave applications, color TV tubes, synthetic gemstones, compact discs, and computer memory. The medical community uses this chemical element as an injectable contrast agent when patients undergo magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) scans.

Before undergoing an MRI or MRA, a gadolinium contrast agent is injected into the bloodstream and is stored in the blood vessels and abnormal tissue. This is so doctors can easily detect and trace any problems found within the body. Previously, researchers said this chemical element was safe for use in MRIs and MRAs. In fact, the element is very toxic.

The kidney expels the chemical after receiving the injection. However, regardless of kidney health patients can develop complications from the element spreading in the body.

Gadolinium Pregnancy Risks

JAMA published a new study which examined over 1 million deliveries. The study compared what happened to the fetus when the mother received an MRI, received an MRI with gadolinium or didn’t receive one at all. Women who had an MRI during the first trimester of pregnancy do not experience an increased risk for harm to the fetus relative to women who were not exposed. Researchers did not see any complications in childhood either.

However, if the mother had an MRI with gadolinium at any point in her pregnancy, the child was in grave harm. Gadolinium in MRIs brought an increased risk for stillbirth and neonatal mortality. Plus, over the course of 4 years, researchers noticed the child had increased risk for a broad range of medical conditions. These include rheumatological, inflammatory, or infiltrative skin conditions. These risks remained the same if the mother had gadolinium in her MRI at any point in her pregnancy.

Free Case Evaluation

A gadolinium lawsuit may be an option for patients suffering from gadolinium retention and related complications. Gadolinium in MRI and MRA scans can create chemical element retention in the body.  Therefore, this increases the risk of gadolinium deposition disease. These conditions are accompanied by symptoms that include severe physical pain and cognitive difficulties. Affected patients and their loved ones may be able to file a lawsuit and recover damages.

For more information, contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm. We offer free, confidential, no-obligation consultations. We have also over 20 years of experience helping consumers injured by unsafe products manufactured by large companies.

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