Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis and Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NSF/NFD) is a rare boutique disease. The only way you can get Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis or Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy is from a gadolinium injection. Gadolinium injections are ordinarily only given in connection with MRI and MRA scans.
The main caveat is -- that only people who have kidney problems at the time of their MRI and MRA scans and who receive the gadolinium injection will most likely suffer from NSF or NFD. Do you have a NSF lawsuit?
Healthy people without kidney problems will not get NSF or NFD from gadolinium injections during their MRIs. The majority of the population doesn't have it and will never get it.
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis, also called Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy, did not exist until 1997, when gadolinium compounds came into use as an injection given to obtain a brighter and better image on MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and MRA (magnetic imaging angiography) scans.
Symptoms of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis and Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy include:
- Skin: swelling of the skin, tightening of the skin, wood-like skin, thinckened skin that inhibits flexion and extension of joints, distorted skin, reddened skin, dark skin patches, skin bumps, skin plaque, burning skin, itching skin
- Muscles: inability to walk, muscle weakness, deep bone pain
A vibrant, active 32 year old female in Florida who received kidney dialysis was injected with gadolinium during an MRI. A year later she is wheelchair bound. She cannot straighten her arms or legs. She cant hold a cup of coffee. She can't bathe, feed, or dress herself. This is what a gadolinium injection did to her.
Currently there are at least 200 cases of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis and Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy in the United States but that number continues to grow. While kidney dialysis is not a death sentence, a gadolinium injection for a MRI can be. Symptoms can appear from one week to 18 months later. There is no successful treatment to improve the quality of life and frequently NSF/NSD leads to death.
In May 2007, the FDA sent out a black box warning. Was it too little, too late?
Product Negligence Lawsuit
The companies that make gadolinium injections have known for years that it is toxic and poses severe risks if it loses the chemical coating used to keep it from contacting human tissue. This coating can be lost when gadolinium stays in the body too long; this is what happens to people whose kidneys are not working properly.
Have you or a loved been diagnosed with NSF or NFD caused by a gadolinium injection? You could be eligible for a product negligence lawsuit. Please contact Anapol Schwartz so we can help you evaluate the facts.