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Patients have reported experiencing severe side effects they say are linked to a substance in intravenous drugs used during MRI procedures—gadolinium.

Gadolinium is a rare earth metal that is used in intravenous drugs called Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents, or GBCAs, that are used in diagnostic imaging procedures. Nearly 30 million people receive GCBAs each year.

GBCAs are used to help medical professionals see tissues and organs during an MRI. While the improved visualization can help in the diagnosis of patients suffering from cancer or internal bleeding, some have reported severe gadolinium side effects, including;

  • gadolinium toxicity
  • gadolinium poisoning
  • central nervous system problems
  • cognitive impairment
  • pain and burning sensations
  • skin problems
  • musculoskeletal complaints

In fact, celebrity Chuck Norris has filed a $10 million gadolinium MRI lawsuit alleging his wife Gena was poisoned by gadolinium.

Further, in 2008, a slew of gadolinium MRI lawsuits were combined into multidistrict litigation. These gadolinium MRI lawsuits alleged that the gadolinium contrast agent in the GCBA used during their imaging procedures caused nephrogenic system fibrosis characterized by the hardening of skin and contraction of joints.

In 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required new labels, called a “black box warning,” on GBCAs that warn patients about gadolinium side effects and provide additional education to patients and healthcare providers about gadolinium contrast agents used during imaging procedures.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended restricting the use of certain gadolinium contrast agents as well based on concerns about gadolinium poisoning.

In fact, since the early 1980s, researchers have found evidence of deposition of the substance and potentially devastating gadolinium side effects in patients. In addition to the United States and Europe, a number of other countries have restricted the use of gadolinium contrast agents.

How To Remove Gadolinium From The Body

Gadolinium is advertised as being removed through the kidneys. Generally, it was thought that in a person with healthy kidneys, the substance would be expelled within hours of administration; however, studies have shown that this may not be the case.

Radiologists have expressed increasing concern about gadolinium for the past several years. In 2014, a study revealed that the gadolinium, once thought to be expelled from the body within hours, may actually be deposited in the brain.

Other studies have reported that, in addition to depositing in the brain, gadolinium poising may also occur due to deposits in the skin and in bones.

In 2000, researchers published a study that indicated gadolinium may attach to DNA. Further research has supported the conclusion that gadolinium is retained in individuals with healthy kidneys.

Patients who are concerned about how to remove gadolinium from the body can take a urine test 24-hours after administration to determine whether the substance is still present.

Unfortunately, for those suffering from gadolinium side effects, removal can be costly or even impossible. Symptoms of gadolinium poisoning include:

  • “Pins and needles” or burning sensations in the body, especially the arms, legs, hands, feet, and trunk
  • Pain in the joints or even bones
  • Thickened ligaments or tendons
  • Spongy skin
  • Headaches that won’t go away
  • Confusion or feeling persistently tired or in a “fog”

Filing A Gadolinium MRI Lawsuit

In addition to the gadolinium MRI lawsuit filed by Chuck Norris, dozens of cases have been filed across the county, including in California, Illinois, and Louisiana. These gadolinium MRI lawsuits allege that drug makers and medical professionals knew or should have been aware of the potentially devastating side effects of the substance and warned patients about the risk of gadolinium toxicity.

Patients allege in their gadolinium MRI lawsuits that after being exposed to the substance they suffered gadolinium poisoning that resulted in severe side effects. Some are wheelchair-bound and others say they cannot work because of pain and cognitive impairment. Contact a gadolinium MRI attorney to learn how the McDonald Worley law firm can help your injury claim.