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Individuals who undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) are often injected with a Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent (GBCA). Gadolinium is a drugs injected into a patient’s vein before a scan to improve visualization of internal organs, blood vessels, tumors, and tissues. For more, consult with with a dangerous drugs attorney to discuss your case.

Gadolinium Contrast Agent Complications

There is a concern that the use of GBCAs can result in gadolinium toxicity, Gadolinium Deposition Disease, and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis.
Gadolinium Deposition Disease (GDD) causes patients to suffer fibrosis (a thickening and scarring of connective tissue) in organs, bones, and skin. Gadolinium can also be retained in the brain.

The following symptoms are the most common:

  • Intense burning of the skin.
  • Intense deep pain in bones or joints.
  • Brain fog.
  • Muscle vibrations and pins and needles/tingling in skin.
  • Severe Head pain.
  • Arm and leg skin/skin thickening, discoloration, and pain.Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) is a debilitating and deadly disease that causes the skin to harden, and causes a patient’s joints to contract. The most commonly affected areas are the areas between the ankles and the thighs and the wrists and the upper arms. Symptoms develop slowly and can result in chronic pain and loss of mobility. The following are the most common symptoms:
  • Intense burning, itching, and sharp pains in affected areas.
  • Swelling and tightening of the skin.
  • Severe thickening and hardening of the skin.
  • Reduced internal organ function.
  • Blood clotting.
  • Yellowing of the white surface of eyes.

What To Do If You Experience Complications

If you underwent an MRI or MRA where gadolinium contrast was used and suffered injuries, you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm is investigating cases of gadolinium toxicity. For a free case evaluation, please contact our office at 877-230-7459 or fill out the contact form on this page.