MRI Dye Side Effects
An MRI dye, or also called a gadolinium contrast agent, is a chemical substance used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. When injected into the body, the gadolinium dye enhances and improves the quality of the MRI images. Doctors insist on using this dangerous chemical agent and claim it is the only way to get an accurate MRI report. However, thousands have been hurt by this medical “need”.
Need for Gadolinium
Gadolinium contrast medium is used in about 1 in 3 MRI scans. Medical professionals insist that it is harmless. However, it is not. Even though they will ask a series of questions before giving a gadolinium injection does not mean you are safe. In fact, they may ask you to sign a consent form. As with any medical procedure, you have the right to decline the injection. You may feel pressured to receive it since the medical professional may insist that the dye could make images clearer. However, an additional scan can be just as good.
MRI Dye Side Effects
Recently, it has been recognized that linear forms of gadolinium contrast are retained in the tissues, mostly in the bones, with tiny amounts in the brain. Dr. Richard Semelka named this buildup Gadolinium Deposition Disease (GDD). Symptoms of the disease are similar to the previously noted side effect of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), however, they are present in those with healthy renal function.
- A persistent headache
- Bone and joint pain
- “Brain fog”
- Thickening of soft tissue
- Skin that appears spongy or rubbery
- Painful tendons and ligaments
- Tightness in hands and feet
- Burning, cutting or pins and needles pain in arms, legs and torso
Life-Long Effects of Gadolinium Retention
The FDA is studying the reports of GDD. Many of which happened within hours to days after receiving a Gadolinium Based Contrast Agent (GBCA). Many end up bedridden or in wheelchairs due to their loss of mobility and pain. It doesn’t matter a patient’s health beforehand. Top level athletes or young parents have been unable to work again after GDD. Treatments are costly, and there is not a cure.
Free Case Evaluation
A gadolinium lawsuit may be an option for patients suffering from gadolinium retention and related complications. Gadolinium, used in dyes to increase the clarity of MRI and MRA scans, can create chemical element retention in the body. Therefore, this increases the risk of gadolinium deposition disease. This condition is 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 over 20 years experience helping consumers injured by unsafe products manufactured by large companies.