Side effects of gadolinium - nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) / nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD)
Patients undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) may be subjected to gadolinium exposure from certain contrast agents that doctors use to locate abnormal body tissues and cell growths such as tumors.
Since 1997, scientists have been studying the effects gadolinium has on the human body. Unfortunately, several dangerous side effects of gadolinium have been discovered. The most serious side effect is known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD). This potentially fatal disease can lead to tight, rigid skin that could affect a person's ability to effectively move his or her joints. It can also affect the diaphragm and lungs, which could lead to severely limited breathing. NSF/NFD is also known to cause fibrosis, which could result in the failure of several major organs.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has become aware of this gadolinium side effect and has demanded that the respective manufacturers of the popular gadolinium-based contrast agents place a “black box” warning on all packaging and literature associated with this defective drug. A “black box” warning is the strongest action taken by the FDA next to a full recall.
The respective manufacturers' negligence on manufacturing and marketing a consumer-safe product may make them liable for any associated disease, including nephrogenic systemic fibrosis or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy. There have been many lawsuits filed against these manufacturers by gadolinium lawyers who are protecting the rights of their clients who have experienced severe gadolinium side effects.
A gadolinium lawsuit is a powerful way to make the respective manufacturers responsible for any injury or illness caused by their defective drugs. The lawyers at Levin, Simes, Kaiser & Gornick have years of experience protecting the rights of their clients. Larry Gornick has years of significant experience as a trial lawyer and has dealt with a variety of topics, including product liability, consumer class actions and false advertising. Jeff Kaiser and Bill Levin both represented several of the nation's largest corporations while working with a national law firm. And Laurel Simes has committed her career to protecting the rights of any man, woman or child who has been injured or affected by dangerous products. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a gadolinium-based contrast agent, contact the offices of Levin, Simes, Kaiser & Gornick at (800) 901-4001 to learn more about your legal rights and any opportunity for compensation.
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