Do I Have Gadolinium Toxicity?

Gadolinium toxicity symptoms will vary from person to person. These symptoms are based upon surveys of those with high urine levels of gadolinium. It is important if you have any of these symptoms following an MRI or MRA scan to contact us immediately. We will instruct you on the steps to take, including getting testing for your symptoms.

About Gadolinium

Gadolinium is a chemical element carrying 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. This chemical element is widely used 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 MRA scans. In fact, the element is very toxic. The kidneys are supposed to expel the chemical after receiving the injection. However, regardless of kidney health patients can develop complications from the element spreading in the body.

Gadolinium Toxicity Symptoms

Those with gadolinium toxicity present symptoms shortly after a contrast MRI. They can also have chronic symptoms for years. Since the medical community believes these contrast dyes are harmless, many don’t trace their symptoms back on their timeline to their scan. Some of the common symptoms are hard to describe to a doctor, who may not be familiar with the constellation of symptoms or pass a patient to another medical specialty.

  • Pain – aching; burning, tingling, and/or prickling pain (paresthesia); deep bone pain.  Typically in extremities or joints, and sometimes in the location where the MRI occurred, like the head.
  • Dermal changes – like tight skin, lesions, hyperpigmentation.  Most often in extremities.
  • Muscle issues – twitching – small, local, rapid contractions and weakness
  • Ocular problems – worsening vision,  dry eyes, bloodshot eyes
  • Cognitive symptoms
  • Ear, nose and throat – tinnitus, swallowing, and also voice problems
  • Low body temperature
  • Hair loss
  • Itchy skin
  • Balance problems
  • Swelling of extremities (edema)

Symptom Progression

Most people with Gadolinium Toxicity experience symptoms within the first month after contrast. For many, symptoms start within a few days, and some within hours of injection. Symptoms can be intense or subtle and can last up to 5 years or more. Plus, there is no known 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.

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

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