What is Gadolinium Toxicity?
Posted in Medical Malpractice on February 8, 2021
If you have ever had a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) procedure, you likely know about Gadolinium. Medical professionals use Gadolinium to enhance the quality of diagnostic imaging so that they can better understand a patient’s scan. However, the use of Gadolinium in hospitals may lead to significant health risks—and if you developed Gadolinium-related complications after an MRI or MRA, you may be eligible for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
How Is Gadolinium Used?
Gadolinium is a metal substance that is toxic to humans on its own. Medical personnel combine Gadolinium with chemical compounds, known as chelating agents, to create Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents (GBCAs). Before an MRA or MRI, the medical professional will inject a GBCA intravenously into your body. As a result, the internal organs, blood vessels, tissues, and tumors in your body are easier to see.
Why Is Gadolinium Harmful?
Medical personnel claim that GBCAs only live 90 to 120 minutes within patients’ bodies. However, emerging research and recent medical malpractice claims show that the Gadolinium in the GBCA may live in the body for years after the procedure. In some cases, your body permanently retains some of the Gadolinium, with traces found in your bones, skin, and organs.
After a period of prolonged Gadolinium exposure, you may develop Gadolinium Deposition Disease (GDD). This debilitating condition leads to severe, painful symptoms, which may include the following.
- Kidney damage or failure
- Spongy or rubbery skin
- Burning in the arms, torso, or legs
- Pain in the bones or joints
- Mental fogginess and cognitive impairment
- Severe and frequent headaches
Another condition related to Gadolinium toxicity is nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. This condition is debilitating and often fatal, leading to hardened skin and causes your joints to contract. As these symptoms slowly develop, you may experience chronic pain or the loss of mobility, harming your quality of life.
Compensation for Gadolinium Toxicity Victims
If you develop Gadolinium toxicity after an MRI or MRA, you may be eligible for a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the GBCA. Through this claim, you can collect compensation for the damages you suffered due to the Gadolinium toxicity, which may include the following.
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of future earnings
- Loss of quality of life
- Chronic pain
- Permanent disability
- Emotional distress
- Disability accommodations
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Depression and anxiety
However, you will need to prove that the GBCA is defective and that you suffered damages as a result of the defect to secure this compensation. In these situations, a Missouri product liability lawyer can help. Your attorney will work closely with you to gather evidence, speak to expert witnesses, and craft a compelling case in your favor. Contact your attorney as soon as possible to discuss your optimal path to maximum compensation.