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Your Risks from Gadolinium

Feb 27, 2008
You or a loved one may have recently visited a physician for a needed MRI scan and a gadolinium injection. This injection can be harmful and even life-threatening because if you have any history of kidney problems, it is likely that you either have already contracted symptoms of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) or can expect to in the near future.

For this reason, you should act quickly to obtain further medical attention that you can trust and to find a lawyer who will help you fight for loss compensation. Be warned that NSF has no known cure and that you only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit, for which you should check your state's laws. One possible NSF treatment is to revisit your doctor to have a sample of your blood exposed to ultraviolet light, then injected back into your bloodstream.

Gadolinium is a dye that health care professionals use to differentiate normal from abnormal tissue. By functioning properly, your kidneys would be able to get rid of the dye in a reasonable amount of time. However, if anything goes wrong, there are certain gadolinium side effects you can look for that chiefly include thickening skin, connective tissues, muscles, and/or internal organs.

Other gadolinium symptoms to look for include joint stiffness, yellowing spots on the eyes, bone pain, burning, itching, skin lesions, and discolored skin spots. Dyes typically used for an MRI scan, of which there are five, have been approved only for MRI's as opposed to MRA's.

It is now the responsibility of gadolinium manufacturers to warn their users of the threats that the dye can pose. This much-needed information has only been public knowledge since April 2006, and the Food and Drug Administration ordered its black-box warning less than a year ago. The timing of the discoveries, as well as the known rarity of NSF (there are only several hundred cases of it worldwide), raises the challenges you are sure to face when it comes to seeking out your deserved compensation.

When searching gadolinium lawyers, you are advised to choose at least two or three ideal candidates for someone to be interviewed and represent you. Provide as much relevant evidence as possible, from the peculiar symptoms you experience to the procedures your doctor used to diagnose your original illness, so the processing of your case can be finished in a timely manner.

You and your loved ones cannot afford to face what gadolinium exposure may do to your future by threatening your life. Take necessary actions as soon as possible.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma, and Avandia. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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