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There are currently 2 million women using the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) as their primary form of birth control. However, thousands of those women are speaking up about dangerous complications the device causes. While thousands of Mirena lawsuits have been pending against Bayer on behalf of women who have suffered injuries from the birth control, the most recent stem from the device’s maker Bayer failing to notify women of the association between the device and pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). A PTC refers to the condition of a false brain tumor. The condition is also known as intracranial hypertension. If you or a loved one suffered injury from a Mirena IUD, contact The Carlson Law Firm. We have a Mirena Lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve in your Mirena Lawsuit.
If you are considering a Mirena lawsuit, contact The Carlson Law Firm. We have a Mirena lawyer who can help you navigate the complex American legal system to get the justice you deserve. Our firm has more than 40 years of experience to represent you against major pharmaceutical distributor Bayer. In addition, we have the resources to thoroughly investigate your case. Further, our team of attorneys, nurses, private investigators and medical consultants will build a case and answer any questions you may have. Contact our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.
What is Mirena?
The Mirena IUD is a t-shaped birth control device plastic that a medical professional inserts into the uterus. The device, manufactured by Bayer, prevents pregnancy for five years by releasing small amounts of a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel locally into a woman’s uterus. It is made of a flexible plastic and is placed in your uterus by your healthcare provider during an office visit. The Mirena IUD was approved as a form of birth control by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000.
There is no single explanation for how Mirena prevents pregnancy. Instead, the device most likely prevents pregnancy in several ways:
- Thickening cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering your uterus
- Inhibiting sperm from reaching or fertilizing your egg
- Thinning the lining of your uterus
The device has come under criticism over the last several decades as thousands of women have filed complaints with the FDA stemming from several conditions caused by the device. Some of the Mirena lawsuits assert the birth control device poked holes in organs. Additionally, other Mirena lawsuits say that the devices can move around in the body. Most recently, hundreds of women filed lawsuits asserting that the device gave them pseudotumor cerebri.
What is Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Pseudotumor cerebri is a neurological disorder that is the result of elevated pressure inside the skull. Pressure on the skull occurs when the body overproduces cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This pressure mimics the symptoms of a brain tumor, including worsening headaches and vision problems. Unfortunately, the exact cause of the condition is unknown. But experts believe it is the result of buildup or poor absorption of cerebrospinal fluid back into the bloodstream.
Although the condition is not fatal, it is extremely painful and can cause permanent damage to those who suffer from it. The fluid buildup puts increased pressure on the optic nerves which may result in vision loss or total blindness. Because the symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri mimic the symptoms of a brain tumor, patients likely receive a misdiagnosis.
How is Pseudotumor Cerebri Diagnosed?
A pseudotumor cerebri diagnosis occurs via lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap. This is an uncomfortable procedure in which the doctor sticks a needle between two vertebrae in the patient’s lower spine. Medical staff will then measure the amount of fluid by taking a sample to determine the extent of the intracranial pressure.
Although pseudotumor cerebri isn’t fatal, treating the condition as soon as possible can prevent permanent damage.
What are the Symptoms of Pseudotumor Cerebri?
As a neurological disorder, pseudotumor cerebri can result in serious injuries and complications. Because of this, it is important to spread awareness of risks associated with the medical device birth control. Some of the injuries and complications associated with pseudotumor cerebri and Mirena (as well as other hormonal birth controls) include:
- Brain damage
- Vision loss
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Pressure on the brain
- Head, neck and back pain
If you or a loved one is suffering from injuries resulting from Mirena complications, contact The Carlson Law Firm. Call us right away to schedule a free consultation with Mirena Lawyer. Our firm can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
How does the Mirena Implant Lead to Pseudotumor Cerebri?
The Mirena IUD’s connection to pseudotumor cerebri is unknown to physicians. However, this doesn’t undo the science that shows clear links between the device and pseudotumors. Although a range of birth control methods has been in the news with questions regarding their safety, recent reports have revealed a dangerous link between Mirena and other birth control and pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), a neurological condition.
Pseudotumor cerebri is a condition that places pressure on the brain, damaging the optic nerve and affecting a victim’s vision and sight. Once the excessive pressure on the brain damages the optic nerve, there is often no way to reverse the injuries that have occurred. Instead, medical professionals may attempt to reduce the fluid placing pressure on the brain and resulting in damage to the optic nerve to reduce additional damage to the nerve and to a victim’s eyesight.
Intracranial hypertension can lead to life-changing effects. If you or a loved one received a PTC diagnosis, contact The Carlson Law Firm today. We have a Mirena Lawyer who can help you navigate your Mirena Lawsuit.
Mirena Pseudotumor Cerebri Lawsuits
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In situations where victims suffer injury from a device or drug that was meant to actually improve their health or protect them, companies may have been aware of the drug defects or flaws that could pose a serious threat to consumers. Ultimately, failing to warn patients and consumers about the dangers, side effects and risks associated with a product is irresponsible and can result in life-transforming injuries, illnesses and conditions. Additionally, in the case of Mirena injury instances tied to the dangerous birth control, consumers may not have been clearly warned about pseudotumor cerebri risks associated with birth control and Mirena use.
Further, according to Adverse Events, there were 47,506 reports of serious adverse events associated with the Mirena between November 1997 and August 2012. Of these injuries, the most common include device expulsion, device dislocation and vaginal hemorrhage. Many injured women have required hospitalization, however, there have also been a few reports of death.
What are the Pseudotumor Cerebri Accusations Against Bayer?
Women who filed lawsuits accuse Bayer of knowingly harming them. The Mirena lawsuits say that the birth control’s label does not warn women about serious complications that can arise. The women injured by the drug are seeking compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering as a result of the drug’s dangerous side effects.
In addition, the pseudotumor cerebri Mirena lawsuit asserts that Bayer:
- Misrepresented Mirena’s benefits
- failed to provide adequate warning and instructions
- Deceptive marketing tactics
- Concealed harmful side effects
- Products, sold, distributes and marketed defective products
- Understated the product’s complications as “uncommon”
Many of the lawsuits assert that Bayer failed to adequately and properly test Mirena before and after placing it on the market. Further, lawsuits note that the company put profit over people with a willful and reckless disregard for the public’s safety.
If you were or a loved one is living with pseudotumor cerebri injuries as a result of using Mirena, contact The Carlson Law Firm. We have a Mirena Lawyer who can help you get the compensation you deserve. Your injuries are through no fault of your own. Contact our firm to schedule a free Mirena Lawsuit consultation with one a knowledgeable attorney.
What are Other Symptoms that May Develop From Mirena Use?
Some women report extreme pain during and seven days following the insertion of the Mirena. Others may experience relatively minor discomfort or cramping. Periods often become shorter, lighter and may even stop within a few months to a year. Additionally, periods will likely resume after removal of the Mirena.
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- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Breast pain
- Changes in hair growth
- Reduced sex drive
- Puffiness in the hands, feet, ankle or face
Can Mirena Cause Infections?
Some women develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious pelvic infection, which is usually a sexually transmitted disease. This side effect is usually limited to the first three weeks after the IUD is placed. The risk of developing PID from IUD placement is about 1 in 100. PID can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy or long-lasting pelvic pain. It is treatable with antibiotics but in extreme cases, it can lead to surgery or a hysterectomy. In rare cases, it can cause death.
Symptoms of PID include:
- Abdominal pain
- Unusual discharge
- Bad odor
- Pain or bleeding during sex
- Burning feeling during urination
- Bleeding between periods
Sepsis, another rare, but potentially dangerous side effect may develop in the first few days after Mirena insertion. Symptoms include severe pain or unexplained fever. Further, women who develop these symptoms should contact their doctor immediately.
Can Mirena Perforate the Uterus?
In addition to the above side effects, Mirena IUD can lead to uterine perforation and cause other problems. The risk of Mirena perforating the wall of the uterus is six times higher when a healthcare professional inserts the device while the patient is breastfeeding.
If Mirena perforates the uterus it may no longer be an effective birth control. In addition, it can travel outside the uterus and scar women internally. In these cases, surgical procedures may be the only option for removal. Hospital or clinic staff may use an ultrasound or x-ray to find the device in the body. However, if the doctor has trouble finding and removing the Mirena, you may require more than one surgery.
How is PTC Diagnosed?
Because the intracranial hypertension is so rare, it is often poorly understood. Although the condition closely mimics the symptoms of the brain tumor, it caused by the abnormal increase of pressure inside the skull. Unfortunately, the similarities in symptoms often lead to misdiagnosis in patients living in cases. If you or a loved is living with PTC injuries contact The Carlson Law Firm. We have Mirena lawsuit attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.
When diagnosing the condition, doctors generally refer to the Modified Dandy Criteria. This criteria serves to distinguish cases of idiopathic intracranial hypertension from other causes of raised cranial pressure. The Dandy Criteria was developed by in 1937 neurosurgery pioneer Walter Dandy.
The Modified Dandy Criteria includes:
- Signs and symptoms of increased intracranial pressure.
- Ruling out signs of localized findings on brain injuries during a nuerological injury examination
- Ruling out brain tumors and blood clots through an MRI or CT.
- The patient is awake and alert.
- No other cause of increased intracranial pressure is present.
However, there is controversy within the medical community over these criteria. In fact, there is little agreement on how cases of PTC should be defined. This often because of the conditions of unknown origins.
Who is at risk for Developing Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Obese women under the age 44 have the highest risk of developing intracranial hypertension. While only 1 to 2 of every 100,000 people in the general population will experience PTC, the condition more common in obese women. It typically affects from 4 to 21 in 100,000 women with excessive body fat.
If you or a loved one received a pseudotumor cerebri diagnosis contact The Carlson Law Firm. We have Mirena Lawyer ready to represent you in your Mirena Lawsuit. Our compassionate attorneys are ready to help you navigate the complex civil laws of America.
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How a Pseudotumor Cerebri Mirena Lawyer Can Help You
If you or a loved one has experienced birth control injuries or injuries caused by Mirena birth control, including pseudotumor cerebri, call our defective medical device lawyers and defective drug attorneys, serving injured clients in Texas and across the nation. A Mirena Lawyer at The Carlson Law Firm has access to registered nurses, medical experts and private investigators, right on staff. Our team will work tirelessly on your Mirena Lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve. Further, we can quickly gather evidence and review medical records related to your injuries. Call for a free consultation today. We care. We can help.