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MRI Dye May Be Life-Threatening

Mar 2, 2008
You or a loved one may unknowingly have your health, life, and financial future threatened soon after taking a needed MRI scan. This scan requires an injection of MRI dye to increase the visibility of harmful tissue, and under ordinary circumstances, your kidneys will flush it out in a timely manner.

If you have any history of kidney problems, however, there is cause for concern. MRI dye is meant to help treat illnesses you already had to begin with, not make your condition even worse. You should watch out for symptoms of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NSF or NFD) especially if it was for an MRA, a procedure that has yet to be approved, instead of an MRI.

MRI dye side effects to look for include hardened skin, stiffness, difficulty of movement, bone pain, muscle weakness, discolored skin spots, skin lesions, burning, itching, yellow spots on the eyes, and possible hypertension. If you have a severe case of MRI dye symptoms, it is possible that you are unable to walk and must use a wheelchair. NSF and NFD are extremely rare, with only several hundred cases of them worldwide, and almost entirely preventable diseases.

Therefore, due to recently applied FDA regulations, it is now the responsibility of the dye's manufacturer to see that you and your physician are warned clearly of its potential dangers. While there are no known cures for NSF or NFD, in order to fight them, you may want to visit your physician a second time to expose a sample of your blood to ultraviolet light and inject it back into your bloodstream.

Also know that your physician's responsibilities include screening you for kidney problems before injecting you with MRI dye. If this or any other necessary precaution is neglected, you may take both the dye's manufacturer and the physician to court.

You have every right to file a lawsuit if anything has gone wrong after you have an injection of MRI dye. See your state's laws for time limits. In choosing a lawyer, you should find at least two or three ideal candidates to represent you and interview them to see who will give you the best chance of winning full compensation. The more relevant evidence you are able to present, the less time it may take to bring your case to closure.

Do not hesitate to take legal actions as soon as possible. Your future and that of your loved ones may depend on it.
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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