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Gadolinium is a type of metal that is used in Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. MRAs are used to assess blood vessels, which can help detect heart problems and other vascular disease. MRIs are used to view the overall anatomy of internal organs. It is vital to understand your rights if you have been administered Gadolinium, so please get the assistance of one of Jacoby & Meyer's experienced mass tort attorneys.

What is Gadolinium?

Gadolinium is part of a mixture that is injected into a patient who is receiving an MRA or MRI so that the doctor can get a detailed look at the patient’s internal tissues, bones, blood vessels, and organs. Because gadolinium is magnetic, it is beneficial for use in MRAs and MRIs since these are both forms of magnetic imaging.

The most common gadolinium-based products used for these types of medical procedures are:

  • OptiMARK
  • Magnevist
  • ProHance
  • Omniscan
  • MultiHance

Severe Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its second Public Health Advisory in December 2006 in regards to side effects of the gadolinium products. There was a new skin disorder called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), also referred to as Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermotherapy (NFD). This disease is severely debilitating and can be fatal.

NSF and NFD have only been seen in patients who have severe renal or kidney disease. They cause the skin to become thickened and rough, almost hard, which in turn can prevent the patient form being able to lift his limbs or move at all. It can also lead to scarring in the organs, which inhibit a patient’s ability to function properly, leading to death.

Some of the common symptoms of NFS or NFD are:

  • Itching, burning, or swelling of the skin
  • Skin that has become tight or hard
  • Dark, red patches on the skin
  • Yellowing of the whites of the eyes
  • Difficulty moving the limbs
  • Joint stiffness
  • Severe pain in the ribs or hips
  • Muscle fatigue or weakness

Jacoby & Meyers can Help

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from taking Gadolinium, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve. We will evaluate the facts surrounding your injury to determine how to best proceed with your defective drug claim.

Please contact our defective drug attorneys today to schedule your free initial consultation. Jacoby & Meyers has offices nationwide.