Healthy kidneys control the body's balance of water and minerals, including sodium, potassium, and magnesium, and remove waste products. Kidneys also produce renin, which helps regulate blood pressure; erythropoietin, which stimulates red blood cells; and a form of vitamin D for bone health. Those with kidney problems have trouble carrying out these normal functions. People with advanced kidney failure may develop gastrointestinal ulcers and bleeding. In those with diabetes, the fourth and fifth states of kidney disease occur when large amounts of protein are found in the urine, blood pressure rises and kidney failure eventually occurs.
While MRI contrast dyes that contain gadolinium, which carry the strongest FDA warning, pose a threat to those with even moderate kidney problems, those with advanced kidney failure are at the highest risk. Healthy patients can flush out the gadolinium following an MRI or MRA; those with kidney problems have a harder time. This may lead to a potentially deadly disease called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, also known as nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy, which causes swelling and tightening of the skin.
As kidney disease worsens, the symptoms of gadolinium exposure increase and a patient may experience malnutrition, anemia, nerve damage and weakened bones, while the chance of developing heart and blood vessel disease increases. Those with advanced kidney diseases who have been exposed to gadolinium during an MRI or MRA should speak to their doctors. If you are diagnosed with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, our gadolinium attorneys may be able to help. The gadolinium lawyers at Morgan & Morgan have years of experience handling Defective Drug Lawsuits. They have the experienced needed to file a successful gadolinium lawsuit and help consumers suffering from NSF and NFD caused by Gadolinium exposure.
If you are suffering from NSF due to Gadolinium exposure, contact Morgan and Morgan's Gadolinium Lawyers today to find out if you are eligible to participate in a gadolinium lawsuit.