MRI Injection Side Effects

Various side effects have occurred in patients after the use of gadolinium during MRI scans. The FDA issued a black box warning to gadolinium based contrast agents (GBCA), namely Magnevist, Omniscan, OptiMARK, MultiHance and ProHance. After an MRI, a healthy person’s kidneys should flush out the gadolinium. However, MRI patients with kidney problems have reported the development of the potentially deadly nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), also known as nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy, a disease that causes tightening and swelling of the skin. Symptoms can appear days or weeks after contact with gadolinium.

Symptoms of this dangerous disease, linked to Gadolinium MRI Injections include:

  • Burning, itching, swelling and tightening of the skin
  • Raised yellow patches on eyes
  • Red or darkened skin patches, papules or plaque
  • Muscle weakness
  • Sharp bone pain
  • Hardening of internal organs
  • Inability or difficulty walking or extending arms, legs, hands or feet

Those who have developed nephrogenic systemic fibrosis may live severely restricted lives. There is no cure for this disease, which can cause death if organs are affected. In addition to this debilitating and possibly deadly illness, those without kidney problems have reported many side effects to these gadolinium-containing drugs. Adverse reactions to Magnevist, Omniscan, OptiMARK, MultiHance and ProHance may include:

  • Dizziness and/or fainting
  • Numbness
  • Taste problems
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Seizure
  • Low blood pressure

Please view our gadolinium injection FAQ section if you have further questions about the risks and dangers associated with MRI injections that contain gadolinium; we also provide gadolinium drug information for those who would like to know more about this dangerous drug. Gadolinium lawyers have already filed a number of MRI injection lawsuits on behalf of clients who have been harmed by excessive gadolinium exposure.

If you or a loved one have had problems with your kidneys and have received a gadolinium-based MRI, you may be at risk for NSF. Contact Morgan and Morgan’s Gadolinium Lawyers today to ensure that your legal rights are protected.