Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) technology have been important tools for detecting illness and injury in patients. However, certain types of contrast dye used to enhance the image quality of MRIs and MRAs contain a toxic heavy metal known as gadolinium that can remain in the body for long periods and cause serious harm to the brain and organs.
Gadolinium Based Contrast Dyes
Gadolinium based contrast agents (GBCAs) are a type of injectable drug that patients receive before an MRI or MRA. These drugs are used to enhance the image quality of an MRI scan, and patients with normal kidney function are told that the contrast dye will pass through the body within hours of drug being administered. However, recent studies have shown that this is not the case. Often gadolinium is retained in the body in detectable amounts, even in patients with healthy kidney functions, for long periods of time. When this occurs, the effects of Gadolinium poisoning (also referred to as Gadolinium toxicity or Gadolinium retention) can manifest through painful and life-altering symptoms.
Effects of Gadolinium Poisoning or Gadolinium Deposition Disease
As with any other heavy metal toxicity, such as lead poisoning, gadolinium can cause several chronic, debilitating medical problems and symptoms, which are often misdiagnosed by doctors. Some of the symptoms include:
- Pain described as burning, cutting, or pins-and-needles in the arms or legs, and torso
- Joint and bone pain
- Skin discoloration or skin thickening (skin that appears spongy or rubbery)
- Tendons and ligaments are painful and have thickened appearance
- Tightness in hands and feet
- Cognitive symptoms like “brain fog” and forgetfulness
- Persistent headaches
If you are suffering from these or similar symptoms, and you believe it is a result of gadolinium poisoning from an MRI or MRA, or have been diagnosed with Gadolinium Deposition Disease,today to discuss your options with an attorney.
Contrast Dye Lawsuits in the Media
Gadolinium-based contrast dyes are administered in up to 50% of MRI examinations. Yet, the potential threat of gadolinium poisoning is still relatively unknown to the public. Gadolinium poisoning made headlines in 2017, when Gena Norris, wife of film star Chuck Norris, was diagnosed with the condition.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by gadolinium poisoning,today for a free case evaluation.