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Dialysis Injury Help Center, GranuFlo Naturalyte Helpline

Lawyers for GranuFlo and Naturalyte are filing lawsuits for dialysis injury from Granuflo and Naturalyte. Fresenius Medical Care’s dialysis product GranuFlo is  a medication  that  dialysis centers   use to treat acute and chronic kidney failure.
 

Your kidneys clean the blood of waste  products  and help maintain the body’s pH level. When they fail, the body’s pH level become more acidic than is should be.  Kidney failure is treated with chemicals that help the body convert ph level. These substances convert  into the alkaline substance bicarbonate, which neutralizes some of the acid buildup in the blood stream.
GranuFlo  and Naturalyte have had issues with this conversion and have shown instances of immediate  heart attacks as a side effect. GranuFlo contains more bicarbonate than other dialysates.

The June 2012 New York Times article describes Fresenius’s knowledge of these risks  of granuFlo and Naturalyte and the product’s high bicarbonate level. According to the article, Fresenius sent a memo to its clinics warning that the higher bicarbonate levels in GranuFlo had caused 941 heart attacks in the company’s own clinics in 2010, leading the company’s researchers to estimate that GranuFlo increases a patient’s risk of heart attack by six times. Fresenius did not send the memo to GranuFlo-using clinics that the company didn’t own, however, until March 29, 2012, when the FDA consequently began investigating Fresenius for possible violations of federal regulations, the Times reports.

Currently GranuFlo and Naturalyte lawyers are accepting claims against Fresenius for immediate hear attack  form their GranuFlo and Naturalyte products. A number of dialysis patients may have already been injured by GranuFlo. If  GranuFlo diaysis medication caused a sudden heart attack or cardiac arrest, hemodialysis cardiac arrest or cardiopulmonary arrest, stroke, or arrhythmia speak to a GranuFlo lawyer now by calling the GranuFlo legal team of free legal Shield. We seek justice for seniors.

GranuFlo Lawyers, NaturaLyte Lawsuits

 

Fresenius Medical is the manufacturer of  GranuFlo and NaturaLyte acid concentrate. These are drugs used in  dialysis treatment. There has been a recall of these dialysis drugs and  lawsuits are being filed.

Injury and death has resulted from these drugs:

  •  GranuFlo cardiovascular death,
  •  GranuFlo sudden cardiac death,
  •  GranuFlo cardiopulmonary arrest,
  •  GranuFlo heart attack,
  •  GranuFlo catastrophic cardiovascular injuries

 

Fresenius manufactures GranuFlo and NaturaLyte used in dialysis. These drugs cause alkalosis, a condition associated with an increase in cardiovascular fatalities.

 

The FDA received complaints describing alkali dosing errors that occurred during hemodialysis using dialysate concentrates containing acetic acid and acetate. When metabolized, these potential sources of alkali can contribute to elevated bicarbonate levels in patients undergoing hemodialysis.

 

This can contribute to metabolic alkalosis, which is a significant risk factor associated with :

 

Low blood pressure

Cardiopulmonary arrest

Cardiac arrhythmia

Sudden heart attack

Stroke

Hemodialysis cardiopulmonary arrest

 

A study which was conducted between January and December of 2010 found that patients with pre-dialysis bicarbonate levels greater than 28mEq/L were 4.7 times more likely to suffer a cardiac arrest. The study also discovered that patients with pre-dialysis potassium lower than 4 mEq/L had a 6.3 times higher risk of cardiac arrest.

 

In May 2012 the FDA notified health care providers to consider the presence and quantity of acetate, citrate, and/or acetic acid in dialysate concentrates when determining the patients’ dialysate prescription.

There is a GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Class 1 Recall

 

Serial numbers for recalled Naturalyte Liquid Acid Concentrate range from:

 

08-0231-4, 08-1001-0, 08-1201-8, 08-1231-3, 08-1251-1, 08-1301-4, 08-2201-5, 08-2231-2, 08-2251-0, 08-2301-3,08-2351-8, 08-3201-4, 08-3231-1, 08-3251-9, 08-3301-2, 08-4123-1, 08-4223-7, 08-4225-1, 08-4230- 2, 08-4231-0, 08-4323-5, 08-4325-1, 13-1251-1, 13-2201-5, 13-2231-2, 13-2251-0, 13-3231-1, 13-3251-9, 13-4123-1, 13-4220-1, 13-4225-1, 13-4325-

 

Serial numbers for recalled Naturalyte GranuFlo (powder) Acid Concentrate range from:

 

OFD1201-3B, OFD1251-3B, OFD2123-3B, OFD2201-38, OFD2220-3B, OFD2223-3B, OFD2225-3B, OFD2231-3 B, OFD2251-3B, OFD2301-3B, OFD2323-3 B, OFD2325-3B, OFD3201-3B, OFD3231-3B, OFD3251-3B, OFD3301-3B

GranuFlo & NaturaLyte is one of the most widely prescribed dry acid products used for dialysis  at Fresenius'  clinics, as well as other hemodialysis centers that purchase their dialysis supplies from Fresenius.  It is estimated that 125,000 patients in non-Fresenius clinics are treated with GranuFlo.

Dilaysis Patient Alert

If you, a loved one or someone you care for has been injured by these products contact us for a GranuFlo and NaturaLyte lawsuit.

Bladder Sling Lawyers, Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The bladder mesh is a vaginal mesh product primarily used for urinary incontinence. This mesh sling has caused severe complications and bladder mesh lawyers are filing lawsuits. Many women with a bladder mesh do not realize they are eligible to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit.

What is a Bladder Sling?

Urethral sling or bladder sling  is used  to treat urinary incontinence by placing a sling around the urethra to lift it back into a normal position and to exert pressure on the urethra to aid urine retention. The sling is attached to the abdominal wall. A bladder sling is a mesh device and is part of the vaginal mesh litigation. The complications of a failed bladder sling is increased incontinence or trouble voiding. Many women have needed to self catherize.

 Bladder Sling Complications?

According to the July 2011 FDA news release, the most common complications associated with surgical mesh bladder slings is erosion thru the vaginal wall or into the bladder, pain during sexual intercourse, bleeding, infection, perforation of various pelvic organs (bladder, colon, vaginal walls), and urinary incontinence or problems voiding as well as; neuromuscular problems, emotional problems, mesh contraction/shrinkage, and even a reoccurrence of POP and/or SUI.

Bladder sling lawsuits are being filed on a contingency fee basis against the mnaufacturers of the bladder sling:

        Bard Avaulta Support System
        AMS Elevate Prolapse Repair System
        AMS Apogee Vault Suspension System
        AMS Perigee System
        AMS Monarc Sling System
        AMS Sparc Sling System
        Ethicon Gynecare Gynemesh
        Ethicon Gynecare Prolene Soft Mesh
        Ethicon Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System
        Ethicon Gynecare TVT Transvaginal Sling
        Boston Scientific Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
        Boston Scientific Uphold Vaginal Support System
        UGYTEX Dual Knit Mesh
        Coviden IVS Tunneler Sling

Contact us today.

Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers, Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline

Adding to the Zimmer and DePuy metal on metal hip replacement Stryker has recalled it's latest metal component hip replacement implant.  Stryker has voluntarily recalled the  Rejuvenate metal component hip replacement implant and ABG II modular- neck stems
Stryker has voluntarily  stopped  market distribution of these hip replacements due to  increased risk of injury. The hip replacement implants have been shown to fret or corrode, harming body tissue and causing pain and  swelling. Other injuries include:

  •     Severe inflammatory reactions
  •     Pain in the groin
  •     metal toxicity ort poisoning
  •     high metal levels in the blood
  •     need for additional surgery
  •     Breakdown of muscles, tendons and other soft tissues in and around the hip joint
  •     Loss of surrounding bone
  •     Loss of mobility

While other types of hip implants such as those made by Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. involve a metal ball rubbing against a metal socket, the Stryker Rejuvenate products involve a metal neck inside a metal stem. The Stryker Hip replacement Helpline and  hip replacement lawyers are reaching out to all victims of the failed device for a potential multi district litigation.

The products have metal components and although they are not metal on metal run the same risks of chromium and cobalt toxicity poisoning. If you have been injured you are advised to contact your doctor immediately and contact the Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline for a Stryker lawyer

Pradaxa Breaking News, Pradaxa lawyers, Pradaxa Lawsuits, Pradaxa Bleeding

Pradaxa has warnings for excessive bleeding. Pradaxa Helpline is concerned about Pradaxa and the elderly

The Pradaxa Helpline Has Pradaxa Lawyers to Help You

   LONDON | Fri May 25, 2012 6:07am EDT

(Reuters) – Doctors and patients should be given clearer guidance on how to avoid bleeding risks when using Boehringer Ingelheim's new stroke prevention pill Pradaxa, European regulators said on Friday.

The European Medicines Agency said data continued to confirm the positive benefit-risk balance of the anticoagulant medicine, despite cases of fatal bleeding, but advice on the risks should be strengthened.

Pradaxa is the first in a new class of medicines aimed at replacing the old and problematic drug warfarin. It is designed for use after hip and knee surgery and to prevent strokes in patients with atrial fibrillation, a form of irregular heartbeat common among the elderly.

Rival drugs include Xarelto, from Bayer and Johnson & Johnson, and Eliquis, from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer.

       Pradaxa is an anticoagulant. Anticoagulants effect the clotting time of the blood. Pradaxa is described as  a prescription blood-thinning medicine used to reduce the risk of stroke and blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem. With atrial fibrillation, part of the heart does not beat the way it should. This can cause blood clots to form, increasing your risk of a stroke. Pradaxa lowers the chance of blood clots forming in your body. There is a chnce of excessive bleeding on Pradaxa that can be fatal.

We can locate a Pradaxa lawyer to help you:

Silicone Breast Implant Claims Lawyers, Silicone Breast Implant Class Action

Breast implant Class Action lawyers Helping women with Dow Corning, Mentor and other Silicone breast implant claims.

Silicone breast implants caused silicone toxicity and Immune deficiency diseases with symptoms of:

  • Muscle Pain -Upper arms, neck, chest, upper back, thighs, buttocks
  • Joint Pain -hands, feet, toes, elbows
  • Pressure headaches
  • Ringing in ears
  • Sun sensitivity & rash; face, neck & upper chest
  • Hives
  • Intermittent tingling in legs, feet, arms, fingers, right upper back, neck and face
  • Many urinary tract and yeast infections
  • Burning lips, mouth, tongue
  • Dry eyes, nose, mouth, and vagina
  • Nausea, heartburn, constipation, diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

And:

  •     Breast Pain
  •     Upper and Lower Back Pain
  •     dry eyes
  •     joint pain and swelling
  •     myalgias
  •     chronic fatigue
  •     Lupus
  •     numbness and tingling in extremities
  •     photosensitivity
  •     Chemical Sensitivities
  •     Muscle Pain, Stiffness, Unusual Fatigue
  •     Excessive Hair Loss
  •     Achy or Swollen Joints
  •     Extreme fatigue
  •     Skin Rashes
  •     Rheumatoid Arthritis
  •     Polymyositis-Dermatomyositis
  •     Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
  •     Scleroderma
  •     Sjogren's syndrome
  •     Anemia
  •     Sensitivity to Sunlight
  •     Kidney Problems
  •     Fever
  •     Difficulty Swallowing or Breathing

Women are still suffering today and settlements are still pending for the Silicone Breast Implant Clas Action. If you currently are registered fo r one of the breast implant settlement manufacturers and need help with your claim call 1 877 522-2123

 

Women Filing nationwide Vaginal mesh lawsuits, vaginal Mesh lawyers

The vaginal mesh has been wrecking havoc on womens lives and the numbers are just starting to reveal themselves. Wome have stories about their vaginal mesh and are ready to file vaginal mesh lawsuits. one of the women below:

Texarkana woman files personal injury lawsuit over vaginal mesh implant
5/21/2012 10:22 PM By Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau
 

TEXARKANA – After suffering several complications allegedly stemming from transvaginal mesh implantation, a Texarkana woman has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the medical device manufacturer.

Peggy Green filed suit against Boston Scientific Corp., doing business as Mansfield Scientific Inc. & Microvasive Inc. on May 14 in the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division.

Due to stress urinary incontinence, Green was surgically implanted with the Uphold Vaginal Support System, manufactured by the defendant, on May 14, 2010.

After her surgery, she began to experience complications such as vaginal pressure and pain, vaginal bleeding and/or dyspareunia. She states that these complications are the result of the implanted medical device.

The defendant is accused of breach of warranty, negligence, and failure to warn.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of compensatory damages, punitive damages, exemplary damages, incidental damages, consequential damages, attorney's fees, and court costs.

Green is represented by Erin K. Copeland of Fibich, Hampton, Leebron, Briggs & Josephson in Houston. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

This is just one of many vaginal mesh lawsuits. If you have been injured and your life destroyed by a defective vaginal mesh do not delay. There are statue of limitation issues. contact our vaginal mesh free legal department today.

Breast Implant lawyers accepting Dow Corning Breast Implant Cases

If you have filed and registered with Dow Corning regarding your Breast Implant Settlement Claim and need help you have found the right place. Dow Corning breast Implant lawyers are still helpling women with Dow Corning claims. To get help with your claim call 1 877 522-2123 today.

Breast Implant Information

Breast implants are medical devices implanted under breast tissue or under the chest muscle for the purpose of:

    Reconstruction done in patients who have had a mastectomy to remove the breast when breast cancer is present
    Augmentation, a cosmetic procedure to enlarge the breasts
    Revision surgery, done when either reconstruction or augmentation surgery needs to be revised due to problems resulting from the original operation

There are two main types of breast implants:

    Saline-filled implants
    Silicone gel-filled implants

Various breast implants differ in profile, size, and texture of the shell surface.
Saline-Filled Breast Implants

Saline-filled breast implants are silicone shells into which saline is prefilled before surgery or filled with saline during surgery. They are approved for:

    Reconstruction or revision reconstruction following breast cancer surgery for women of any age
    Augmentation or revision surgery in a women 18 years old or older

These implants are made by Mentor and Allergan (formerly Inamed).
Silicone Gel-Filled Implants

Silicone gel-filled implants are silicone shells prefilled (before surgery) with silicone gel. They are approved for:

    Reconstruction (both primary and revision) for women of any age
    Augmentation (both primary and revision) for women 22 years of age and older

Implants are not done for women younger than 18 (saline) or 22 (silicone gel) because the breasts are still developing at a young age.
ALCL Cancer Detection

Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) is not breast cancer. It is not cancer found in breast tissue cells. Rather, in women diagnosed with ALCL near implants, it is cancer found in fluid that surrounds the implant or is contained within fibrous scar tissue (not breast cancer tissue) that often develops around a breast implant.

ALCL, according to the National Cancer Institute, is a rare malignant tumor (non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma) that can show up in several parts of the body, including:

    Lymph nodes
    Skin
    Bones
    Soft tissue
    Lungs
    Liver

It is a cancer of the cells of the immune system.
ALCL Cancer Detection Due to Breast Implants

Data are lacking to determine if there is a link between ALCL and breast implants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a review of the scientific literature published between January 1997 and May 2010. It found 34 women in the United States and 26 cases elsewhere to reach a total of 60 cases worldwide. This is out of hundreds of millions of breast implant patients.

The FDA, which is planning to conduct more studies, concluded:

"Based on all evidence available to us at this time, the FDA believes that women with breast implants may have a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL."

Breast Implants: Saline and Silicone Gel-Filled
Complications of Breast Implants

Many complications from breast implants are possible. The complications may affect women with either saline-filled or silicone gel-filled implants. Some might require surgical or nonsurgical treatments or removal of the implants.

The most common complications that occur locally in patients with breast implants are:

    Contracture — Scar tissue normally forms around the breast implant. If this scar tissue contracts, it tightens around and squeezes the implant, possibly leading to discomfort and disfigurement.
    Rupture and deflation — It is possible for the casing of the implant to rupture and for the material inside to leak out, leading to deflation of the implant.

Capsular contracture has been defined according to four grades of severity. They are:

    Grade I — the breast is normally soft and looks natural
    Grade II — the breast is a little firm but looks normal
    Grade III — the breast is firm and looks abnormal
    Grade IV — the breast is hard, painful, and looks abnormal

Among the many complications that can affect implants are:

    Asymmetry (breasts are of different sizes or shapes)
    Pain
    Atrophy of the tissue
    Calcium deposits
    Chest wall deformity
    Delayed healing of the surgical area
    Extrusion of the material through the implant casing
    Galactorrhea — milk flow
    Granuloma — small area of inflammation
    Bruising or redness
    Infection, including toxic shock syndrome
    Tissue death
    Palpability or visibility of the implant
    Scarring
    Seroma or collection of fluid
    Wrinkling or rippling

ALCL and Breast Implants

ALCL or anaplastic large cell lymphoma is an immune system cancer that is in the group of non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. It is a very rare disease in both women and men. In women, the National Cancer Institute ALCL statistics estimate that it occurs in about 1 in 500,000 women annually in the U.S. In women with breast implants, the occurrence is even more rare — 3 in 100 million.

ALCL is not breast cancer when it occurs in the breast. That is, the cancer cells are not in the breast tissue, but in cells between the breast tissue and the implant. The National Cancer Institute defines ALCL as a rare type of malignant tumor of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma type. It can occur in different parts of the body including the lymph nodes, skin, bones, soft tissue, lungs or liver. Depending upon the type of ALCL, it is treated either with chemotherapy or radiation

Breast Implant and ALCL Statistics

Women who have breast augmentation (not reconstruction following a mastectomy) number in the hundreds of thousands in the United States.

    Breast implant statistics gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgery for 2009 include:
    Breast augmentation procedures done in 2009 — 289,328
    Breast augmentation done in 2000 — 212,500
    Percent difference between 2000 and 2009 — 36 percent
    2009 amount of money spent on breast augmentation surgery — $963,839,020

Breast augmentation by age:

    13-19 years old — 8,199
    20-29 years old — 86,525
    30-39 years old — 103,738
    40 years and older — 80,668

Breast Augmentation by U.S. Location in 2009

The number of breast implants done in 2009 in various locations around the country were:

    Region 1 — New England and Middle Atlantic: 41,420 (14 percent of U.S.)
    Region 2 — East North Central and West North Central: 47,476 (16 percent of U.S.)
    Region 3 — South Atlantic: 45,166 (16 percent of U.S.)
    Region 4 — East South Central and West South Central: 47,614 (16 percent of U.S.)
    Region 5 — Mountain and Pacific107, 652 (37 percent of U.S.)

Women With Breast Implants Who Experience ALCL Symptoms

ALCL (anaplastic large cell lymphoma) is a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. The number of women who get ALCL is about one in 500,000 each year in the United States. The number of women who have breast implants and get ALCL each year in the U.S. is about three in 100 million.
Signs and Symptoms of ALCL

The main symptoms of ALCL in women who have breast implants are persistent swelling and pain in the area near the implant. These symptoms often do not appear until long after the surgery to have the implant, often years later.

The way to diagnose ALCL in women who have symptoms is to do a biopsy of the fluid or scar tissue surrounding the implant. Both form during the healing process.

Because ALCL is very rare, it usually is found unexpectedly in women who have revision surgery for their implants. It is not known as yet which type of implants, saline-filled versus silicone gel-filled, are more likely to be associated with ALCL.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that women with breast implants but no symptoms should in general keep their implants, because the number of cases of ALCL is so small. The agency recommends that healthcare professionals should:

    Report any cases of ALCL to Medwatch, the FDA safety information and adverse event reporting program. Reports can be made online or by telephone at 1-800-332-1088
    Consider a patient might have ALCL when she has late onset, persistent fluid around the implant, then have the fluid and scar tissue biopsied for disease

Women with implants should:

    Continue their regular medical care
    Monitor their breast implants and see their doctor if they have pain, swelling, or any changes around the implants
    Understand that ALCL is very rare and is not breast cancer, but a cancer that grows between the implant and the breast tissue

Breast Implants and ALCL Lawsuits

Have you had a breast implant — either saline or silicone gel-filled — and then been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)? If so, you should contact a breast implant lawyer to find out what your legal options are.
Contact an ALCL Breast Implant Lawyer

A qualified lawyer can discuss your individual situation to determine if you have legitimate grounds for a lawsuit. At this time, it is unclear if there is a link between ALCL and breast implants. The numbers of women who get this rare cancer are too small to make a determination. But, it is possible there is a link.

It is in your best interest to contact a lawyer to discuss your options.
What Types of Implants Are There?

There are two types of breast implants, depending upon what they are filled with. The two kinds of implants are:

    Saline-filled
    Silicone-gel filled

It still is unknown if one type or the other has a stronger association with ALCL. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is establishing a registry to keep track of cases of ALCL in women with breast implants to gather enough data to determine if there is a relationship between the rare cancer and breast implants.
What is ALCL?

ALCL is a rare type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. According to National Cancer Institute ALCL statistics, about one woman in 500,000 is diagnosed per year with ALCL. The number of women diagnosed with ALCL in the U.S. each year who have breast implants is three women per 100 million women.

The National Cancer Institute defines ALCL as a rare malignant tumor of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma type) that can appear in a number of places in the body. These include:

    Lymph nodes
    Skin
    Bones
    Soft tissue
    Lungs
    Liver

The primary symptoms of ALCL in women with breast implants are pain or swelling near the breast implant. These symptoms often occur long after the surgical implant operation has occurred, frequently years later.
Is ALCL Breast Cancer?

It is important to know that ACLC in women with breast implants is not breast cancer. That is, it is not cancer of the breast tissue, but cancer that appears between the implant and breast tissue in liquid that has accumulated around the implant or in scar tissue that has formed around it.

Breast Implants and Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported a possible link between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). If you have breast implants and develop ALCL, contact us for legal help. We may be able to help you collect financial compensation.
What is ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma)?

ALCL is a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). It is a cancer of the immune system. ALCL is a rare disease that comes in two forms:

    ALCL that affects the lymph nodes and organs
    Cutaneous (skin) ALCL

The primary systemic type of ALCL affects children and adults, but it is relatively rare in adults. ALCL occurs in only two to three percent of adults diagnosed with NHL every year. ALCL in children, however, occurs in ten to thirty percent of all childhood NHL.
Breast Implant ALCL Symptoms

In the primary systemic type, the first symptom most patients experience is enlarged lymph nodes. On rare occasions, the disease occurs in the intestines and bones without affecting the lymph nodes. The disease is diagnosed by taking a biopsy from the affected lymph node or organ. After the diagnosis is confirmed, the pathologist tests for the stage of the disease.

In patients with ALCL of the cutaneous type, the disease mainly involves the skin. This is a relatively rare condition that affects mostly older adults. The first symptoms patients will notice are swellings or sores on the skin. A skin biopsy confirms the diagnosis.

Depending upon the type and location of the ALCL, treatment may be chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Some cases of ALCL of the skin may disappear on its own.
Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma and Breast Implants

ALCL has been found to occur in a few rare instances in patients who have breast implants. The diseased cells are adjacent to but not in the breast tissue. Therefore, this is not a form of breast cancer. The occurrence of ALCL is three in approximately 100 million women.

At present the numbers are too small to say that the breast implants causes ALCL, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is establishing a registry to begin to track the occurrence of the disease in women with breast implants so that data can be accumulated to enable a better understanding of the relationship between the disease and breast implants

Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyer Accepting Cases Now

If you have received a deficiency notice, Dow Corning settlement or letter of rejection from a Dow Corning Breast Implant lawyer contact our Dow Corning Brest Implant Hotline immediately for a Breast Implant Lawyer ready to take your case.

Dow Corning Breast Implant Lawyers can Help You if:

Are you having problems that might be related to your breast implants? And have filed a claim or registered with Dow Corning.

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED OR HAVE FILED A DOW CORNING BREAST IMPLANT CLAIM

Capsular Contracture:

 Almost every woman with breast implants has scar tissue surrounding her implants. This scar capsule doesn’t show — it’s inside her breast, and is her body’s natural way of protecting her from a foreign object. Sometimes, however, that capsule is too tight for the implant. Capsular contracture is when the capsule is too tight and feels like it is squeezing the implant.

• It can happen silicone gel breast implants
• It can be slightly uncomfortable or very painful
• It can change the shape of your breast, or make it look round and unnatural
• You may need surgery to fix it
• Once it is surgically fixed, it is likely to happen again
  Symptoms such as:    Could mean:
– pain in the breast
– breasts look different from each other
– breast feels firm or very hard
– breasts look like round balls    Capsular Contracture

This condition will not usually get better by itself. If it is very painful or hard, it will require surgery to remove the scar tissue capsule and perhaps the implant. Some of your own breast tissue might get mixed in with the capsule, and you might lose some of your natural breast. Many insurance companies will pay to have your implant removed if a woman has Baker Grade III or IV contracture, which are the most severe types, because when implants are that hard they are especially likely to interfere with mammography and the detection of breast cancer.

Ruptured Dow Corning Silicone Breast Implants

The implant is covered with a silicone envelope, which can tear or break. A rupture can be caused by a defect in the implant, daily stresses on the implant, an accident or other trauma, an accidental cut during implant surgery or biopsy, or the aging of the implant.

The older implants are, the more likely they are to break or leak. Although implants can rupture at any time, the FDA found that most rupture by the time they are 10 years old.

Aside from surgery, the best way to confirm a rupture is with an MRI, or perhaps an ultrasound. These methods require a trained eye to see a leak or rupture. A mammogram is not accurate enough to find a rupture or leak.

Most insurance companies will not pay to have a ruptured implant removed, especially if the implants were for augmentation. Reconstruction patients have an easier time obtaining insurance coverage for removal of implants, but will need to prove the implant is ruptured, with an MRI or other test.

Most experts agree that ruptured implants should be removed as soon as possible, especially if it is a silicone gel implant. Silicone gel can leak from the implant into healthy breast tissue and go other parts of your body, such as the lungs and lymph nodes, where it could be impossible to remove.

Some women with leaking silicone breast implants have had to have all their own breast tissue removed because the silicone moved throughout their breast. The result is a mastectomy, not because of cancer but because of silicone.

Many doctors believe that silicone is harmless, and may tell women with ruptured implants that they do not need to have them removed. However, it has been conclusively proven that silicone gel from a broken implant can leak out and cause permanent damage to healthy breast tissue or skin. In addition, the FDA found that women with leaking silicone implants are more likely to report several serious, debilitating illnesses, compared to women whose implants have not broken.

Infection: As with any surgery, infections can happen. Most infections appear shortly after surgery, within a few days or weeks. The most serious infections can cause toxic shock syndrome and can be fatal or result in gangrene. If the infection is very serious, the implant will need to be removed to treat it, and can be replaced after the infection has cleared up.

Disease Status Claims and Serious Illness

 Everyone agrees that implants can cause local complications, such as those listed above. There is much more controversy about whether it can cause diseases or disorders. Some women can have implants for many years and never have any problems, but as the years go by, many women with implants become seriously ill. Common symptoms include joint pain or stiffness, memory problems, trouble concentrating, fatigue, flu-like symptoms that don’t go away, or pain throughout the body (fibromyalgia). Auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma are also problems among women with implants. Are these symptoms caused by implants, are women who are susceptible to these illnesses more likely to get them if they have breast implants, or would these women have become ill even if they didn’t have implants?

Dow Corning Breast Implant Complications ( Remember you must have filed a claim with dow crning or be registered to be able to file a Dow Corning Breast Implant Disease Claim )

  •     silicone toxicity diseases
  •   – Dry mouth
  •   – Dry eyes
  •   – Persistent cough    
  •     Sjogren’s syndrome
  •   – Joint discomfort
  •   – Pain
  •   – Stiffness
  •   – Swelling
  •     Saline implant rupture
  •   – Chronic fatigue     Chronic fatigue syndrome
  •   – Difficulty swallowing or breathing     Esophogeal immotility
  •   – Memory impairment     Neurological impairment
  •   – Muscle weakness
  •   – walking problems, tremor, muscle spasm
  •   – Slowed ability to think, poor memory    
  •     MS – Multiple Sclerosis*
  •   – Muscle pain
  •   – Stiffness, unusual fatigue    
  •     Fibromyalgia
  •   – Strong allergic reactions    
  •     Chemical sensitivity
  •   – White or blue fingers and/or toes in the cold    
  •     Raynaud’s syndrome
  •   – Excessive hair loss    
  •    An autoimmune response
  •   – Hardening of skin     Scleroderma
  •   – Achy or swollen joints
  •   – Extreme fatigue
  •   – Skin rashes
  •   – Anemia
  •   – Sensitivity to sunlight
  •   – Kidney involvement
  •   – Lupus

If you have received a notice of rejection or deficiency notice contact us immediately at the Dow Corning Silicone Breast Implant Hotline

 

Mirena IUD Is It Safe? Mirena IUD Lawsuits, Mirena IUD Lawyers

The Mirena IUD has reported complications and lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturer.

What is it and what does it do?

An IUD (IUS, for the Brits) is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that your OB/GYN inserts into your uterus. The old-fashioned IUD’s (sans hormones) are famous for nasty side-effects, but the Mirena is often touted as getting around most of these due to the Levonorgestrel. This IUD works by preventing sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it. It also thins the lining of the uterus, which is what leads to reduced bleeding over time.

Why’s this better than other methods like The Pill which also contain this hormone?

Well, for starters, it contains far less of the Levonorgestrel hormone than you find in The Pill. And, it sends it directly to the uterus lining, as opposed to filling your circulatory system with it. Much safer, for obvious reasons. It’s also praised by some women for it’s effect on the menstrual cycle – it reduces bleeding, and, in some cases, eliminates menstruation altogether for the duration of its placement. Let’s see The Pill do that.

How long can it be in there for?

Up to 5 years – you can take it out sooner if you want to.

Who can use it?

It’s important to read the Mirena site carefully – they actually say this is intended for women who’ve already had a child. Pharmaceutical companies do not say things like that without a very good reason and that's definitely something to take note of. They also mention women who’ve had cancer should avoid Mirena because of the hormones. Other than that, it seems like anyone with a uterus can use it.

 

Mirena side effects have included:

    Ectopic Pregnancy
    Intrauterine Pregnancy (a pregnancy in the uterus with the IUD in place)
    Group A streptococcal sepsis
    Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
    Embedment of the device in the uterine wall
    Perforation of the uterine wall or cervix

Other common Mirena side effects include:

    Irregular Spotting or Bleeding
    Headaches
    Ovarian Cysts
    Vaginitis
    Painful Menstruation
    Pelvic Pain
    Breast Tenderness

Many women are experiencing complications and seeking legal advice. Call 1 877 522-2123