The US Drug Watchdog Initiates a National Investigation of Gadolinium-Medical MRI`s- Kidney Disease and NSF
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Posted on: 12/14/2009
The US Drug Watchdog Initiates a National Investigation of Gadolinium-Medical MRI's- Kidney Disease and NSF
The US Drug Watchdog is initiating a national investigation of a dye used in MRI's and other scans called Gadolinium. Individuals who have kidney disease or kidney damage may suffer an incurable medical condition called NSF as a result of being exposed to Gadolinium. According to the group, "we think there could be thousands of US citizens who have had an MRI or other scan, where a dye with Gadolinium was used who may suffering a horrible condition called NSF." The symptoms of NSF (also referred to as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy) have been described as follows: swelling and tightening of the skin; skin thickening similar to the feel of leather or an orange peel; trouble walking and fully extending the joints of their arms, hands, legs, and feet. If a person has had an MRI or other scan where the dye, Gadolinium may have been used, and they have developed these symptoms, they should contact the US Drug Watchdog immediately at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 14, 2009 -- The US Drug Watchdog is launching a national investigation into the Gadolinium based dye used in MRI imaging, out of fear that thousands of US citizens with kidney disease, who had an MRI or other scan with contrast, may now have an incurable medical condition known as NSF. The group is saying, "26 million US citizens have kidney disease. We have linked a specific type of imaging dye known as a gadolinium based contrast agent, to an incurable medical condition called NSF. Our biggest fear is most Americans with kidney disease have never linked their NSF, to the fact that they were injected with a dye containing Gadolinium, as part of the process in getting a MRI." The US Drug Watchdog is also saying, "we also fear that many to most physicians, especially dermatologists, or internists may not have connected the dots between the use of the Gadolinium dye used in MRI's, and their patients having symptoms of this horrible medical condition called NSF." Victims of NSF, who have had an MRI or other scan, where Gadolinium was used should call the US Drug Watchdog immediately at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
What is Gadolinium? Because of their paramagnetic properties, solutions of organic gadolinium complexes and gadolinium compounds are used as intravenous radio-contrast agents to enhance images in medical magnetic resonance imaging or MRI's.
What are the symptoms of NSF? Patients with NSF describe swelling and tightening of the skin. The skin thickening inhibits flexibility and extension of joints, resulting in contractures. Severely affected patients may be unable to walk, or fully extend the joints of their arms, hands, legs, and feet. Complaints of muscle weakness are common. The skin changes may start as reddened or darkened patches, papules, or plaques. In time, the skin may feel "woody" and the surface may resemble the texture of the peel of an orange. Patients may experience burning, itching, or severe sharp pains in areas of involvement. Radiography may reveal calcifications of the soft tissue. Deep "bone pain" has been described in the hips and ribs.
Who is at risk for NSF? US Citizens with chronic Kidney disease are especially at risk if they have had an MRI, where Gadolinium was used as the imaging dye. For more information please contact the US Drug Watchdog at 866-714-6466, or contact the group via its web site at Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
Important Note: Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), also known as nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD), is a condition that occurs in people with kidney disease.
The US Drug Watchdog is saying, "we fear there could be thousands of Americans with NSF, as a result of being injected with Gadolinium, as part of the process of getting a MRI, and they have not been properly diagnosed with NSF. If you have a friend, or family member who has kidney disease, combined with serious skin issues, please ask them if they ever had an MRI or other scan with contrast dye & if it is yes have them call us right away at 866-714-6466. Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com
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