I received the information below in an email today, Thursday June 21, 2007 and thought I should share this news since I've been coming to this forum I've become aware of contrast MRI's that patients have had performed on them. I don't know that anyone will be affected by this news but hopefully I've brought something to light by sharing.
This is not meant to alarm anyone but rather to inform and so please do not become alarmed. I just felt this was something that others should know.
Have you had an MRI/MRA in the past 5 years?
In a pivotal study in 2006 conducted by Dr. T. Grobner it was noted that 5 of their 9 patients diagnosed with NSF had received a MRI involving use of Omniscan Contrast Dye,
If you received an MRI using an MRI/MRA using omni contrast gel you may be at risk for serious side effects!
If you, a family member, or friend has suffered NSF/NFD, there is a chance you qualify for monetary compensation from the manufacturer. Don't hesitate to seek justice for the damages you or your loved ones have suffered!
If this pertains to anyone using this forum, I would be happy to share the link for the information. There's more information regarding this at the link below, it describes NSF/NFD.
As of December, the FDA had received reports of 90 patients with moderate to end-stage kidney disease who developed NSF/NFD after having an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) scan with a gadolinium-based contrast agent.
An MRI scan is performed to take a clear detailed picture of a patient's internal organs and tissue and an MRA is used to take a detailed picture of a patient's blood vessels. During some MRI scans and all MRA scans, a gadolinium-based contrast agent is injected into the patient's vein so blood vessels can be distinguished from other nearby tissues. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a second Public Health Advisory in December 2006 about a new skin disorder known as Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis or Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermotherapy (NSF/NFD). The disease is debilitating and may cause death.
Though it is good to share info on the dangers faced when undergoing medical testing, one should chose the source of their info carefully.
Yes, NSF/NFD have been associated with gadolinium-based contrast agents, but ONLY in people with moderate to very-severe renal failure! That is exactly why they now ask before the MRI if you have renal problems. People with renal failure are already VERY sick and any number of things that are safe for people with normal kidney function will harm or KILL a person with renal failure - many meds (antibiotics, anticonvulsants, antiepleptics, pain meds) , certain diets, like a high-protein diet.
NSF/NFD was never seen (to my knowledge) before about 10 years ago, but as more cases showed up and it has been linked to 3 of the 5 commonly used gad-contrast agents and ONLY then in people with renal failure. Most of the victims were already on renal dialysis. It appears that the form of contrast most at fault was one with the chemical name of gadodiamide which is (I think) the most common one used in the US.
The "pivotal study" was not pivotal at all. It merely helped disclose a likely cause of these new conditons. Note that it was a TINY study of 9 people who "already had NSF/NFD" .
NaniKai, it is my opinion that the worst place in the world to obtain accurate medical info is from a "personal injury attorney or website" who is fishing for members of a class action lawsuit - the site is even called "legal leads"! On those sites you will read the info in the most frightening and alarmist phrasing possible. You reproduced word for word from the legal site, but failed to include the phrase that would help people here on the forum from becoming inappropriately frightened.
As it is against the MedHelp forum form rules to post quotes from any source, I will paraphrase the second piece of info from this personal injury site that says, in essence:
NSF/NSD has never been seen or found or diagnosed in people with normal kidney function.
Your post notes that as of last December the FDA had received 90 case reports. It would be easy to assume that all of those reports were from last year. In fact, they have been reported over the last "several years."
To put all of this in perpective we should consider the number of MRI's which have been done in the US in the last 10 years and compare it to the number of NSF/NFD cases. I found one "medical" review from last fall which analyzes this nicely. It makes several excellent points:
1) The number of cases of NSF/NFD worldwide is in the 100's and they ALL have had pre-existing, moderate to severe kidney disease. Over 200 million injections of a gadolinium contrast have been given in the last 20 years or so worldwide.
2) Not all cases of NSF/NVD have a history of exposure immediately prior. Some had the contrast in the distant past before developing the disease. This would indicate that it is "not only" exposure to gad, but exposure coupled with some other, as yet unknown factor.
3) There is no current evidence of damage from Gadolinium contrast if you have normal kidneys.
TO EVERYONE READING THIS THREAD, PLEASE DISREGARD MY PREVIOUS POSTING...IT WASN'T MEANT TO HARM ...MY SINCERE APOLOGIES...
I should've read more of the link instead of some of the information that was on the left side of the page that I was directed to in my email.
I will from here on out only post something that concerns my own treatment and therapy.
Of all the times that I've tried to help others here, I've really researched my information thoroughly before it's posted. Yesterday was a huge blunder on my part in that I responded rapidly to an email that I received. I didn't read the link that was thrown in the browser when it took me to another page. I was only looking for one thing and that was more information about this problem they were talking about in the email. When I saw some information on the left side of the page, I decided rather than to try to remember what was there I would just copy and paste it here, I do not like to take things out of context when it's something important. I did not realize that the webpage I was directed to was an attorney's website. I am not excusing what I did, I'm merely stating that I didn't take time to read it and that I really should have before I posted anything here. I am giving my deepest apologies and I am sorry that I was not more careful in providing the information from that website. I know and am aware that there are attorneys out there who will "fish" for clients on the internet. I wish that I had noticed or taken time to notice the page I was on more discreetly. I do not want to ever cause any harm to anyone and that is why I am here today apologizing. There's really nothing left for me to say here.
Quix, I know that you posted to calm so nerves and so I thank you for that but I'm also sorry that you had to do that because of me. I think that it's best for me to now back away from posting here...I've given this some thought today and I will not post further. It's my FINAL decision and one that I think is best.
Oh, Pish Posh!! We've all posted things we didn't look at closely enough. If you want I can get a hair shirt and a flogging whip on eBay and we can have a go at you out behind the barn, lol. nah..that's too much like work. A simple retraction is all anyone needs. I've posted many more than one. MedHelp has already printed up disclaimers that one has to be fool to take info and advice here at face value.
You're over emotional now because of the PT situation. Cool off, take a few dozen deep breaths and know that we know your heart is in the right place.
How about a good licking with a wet noodle, that would work for me.
I pride myself on my ability to research and know when things don't appear on the up and up after having done research on some scam movers that I used in 2005. I spent an entire year doing research and pulling up information to prove my case in court (I prevailed) and I would've been really embarrassed if I hadn't. My daughter said that I was not only possessed in my efforts but a mad woman on a mission to prove that they did me wrong. The company broke some of my furniture, they damaged things that couldn't be repaired. They hauled everything I owned except a 32 inch television into my garage and left it there for us to move into the apartment (I took tons of photos and had an ALBUM). Every time I needed anything I had to bring in more boxes from the garage to the apartment and look through them all, and eventually unpack them. Stupidity reigned here in one respect because I, in my infinite wisdom thought I won't be moving these boxes again so I can pack some a little heavy, after all I marked them completely where they were to go inside the new residence, WRONG!Now if anyone's still wondering why I have the problems with my neck and where they came from, the mystery is solved!!! They stacked the boxes in the garage from floor to ceiling, I had photos of the boxes barely clearing my garage door so that we could open/close it. I had to stand on a chair to move boxes around to find the one I needed. After a while and spending days in bed after lifting, I decided whatever was in the garage would stay there unless I REALLY REALLY needed it. That was all good until my daughter decided that she no longer wanted to "live at home" and refused to sign another year lease on our apartment. Sooooooooooo I moved again last July and everything that was in the garage was then moved to my one bedroom apartment. I can't tell you the number of times that I had to move boxes around and empty boxes out and carry out stuff that I no longer wanted or needed. I got a storage bin with wheels for my law books, I couldn't take moving that box one more time so I transferred them all to that storage bin, hallelujah it moved when it was loaded. After weeks of the torment of boxes in my livingroom, I narrowed them down to what I wanted to keep most and put them against the diningroom wall. They're still there to this day because I can't even think about lifting anything. I moved stuff to my bedroom closet and we all know the story there since I've mentioned it but it's FULL!
Now you can see after doing research for that entire year why I'm disturbed over what happened two days ago with that freaking email and my lack of reading.
Incidentally, I put the moving company out of business in Southern California after my complaints to the PUC led to an investigation of their business practices and the PUC levied heavy fines against them in the thousands upon thousands of dollars. I hate to say this but the Northern Calfornia office is still operating but has 37 complaints with the BBB, I think it will only be a matter of time before they meet the same fate with that office. My neck and back are a mess now because of them, coupled with the accident and road rage driver.
I have my life though and I can't say this enough, having surgery just scares the pajeezus out of me and as long as I can still breathe and move my limbs to some degree, I opt not to have it. If my quality of life changes, then and only then will I consider it.
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