Gadolinium, Used In Many MRIs, Not As Safe As Once Thought
The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan has been around since 1977. Since that time, the MRI has been used heavily by medical professionals to aid in detecting tumors, brain injuries, strokes and more. By using powerful magnets, the scan can create a detailed picture of the inside of a body. To aid in the visualization, the medical community began using Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA) in 1988.
Gadolinium is a silvery-white, rare earth metal that enhances the images in an MRI scan. The chemical element was said to be safe. The drug manufacturers said that the Gadolinium was quickly processed by the kidneys and passed from the body as urine. That, however, was not true. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA), released a new warning in May of 2018 that Gadolinium is not as safe as once reported to be.
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What Harm Comes From Gadolinium?
Once injected into the body, Gadolinium can cause immediate pain and discomfort in the form of headaches, dizziness, and nausea. While the discomfort typically passes with time, it is now known that the metal can remain in the bones, organs, and brain for months or years after the injection. Gadolinium can lead to debilitating and deadly diseases such as:
Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF): Some patients who receive Gadolinium contrast medium for an MRI develop NSF. NSF is generally considered an incurable and potentially life-threatening disease. Its symptoms include:
- Swelling and tightening of skin that can lead to lost mobility
- Thickening and hardening of skin on extremities
- Burning, itching, pain
Gadolinium deposition disease (GDD): A person suffering from GDD will have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Chronic headache
- “Brain fog”
- Spongy or rubbery skin
- Tightness in extremities
- Pain in extremities and torso
- Tendon and ligament pain/thickening
You May Not Regain Your Health, But You May Be Eligible For Compensation
Those hurt by Gadolinium-based contrast agents deserve compensation. At Kelley & Ferraro, LLP, moving money from the pockets of big pharmaceutical companies to the pockets of our clients is something we take pride in.