The US Drug Watchdog's Warns All Americans About Gadolinium-Medical MRI's- Kidney Disease & NSF by prweb

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									The US Drug Watchdog's Warns All Americans About Gadolinium-Medical MRI's- Kidney Disease & NSF
The US Drug Watchdog is warning all US citizens about a dye used in MRI's called Gadolinium, particularly for individuals who have kidney disease who were exposed to this dye, and who may now have an incurable medical condition called NSF. According to the group, "we think there could be literally thousands of US citizens who have had a MRI, where a dye called Gadolinium was used, that caused a horrible condition called NSF, and no one has ever heard of NSF. We fear that individuals with kidney disease, who have had a MRI in the last 10 years, where Gadolinium was used, may now have NSF, without ever knowing it." The symptoms of NSF include: 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. If a person has had a MRI, where 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
(Vocus) January 13, 2010 -- The US Drug Watchdog is launching a national information campaign related to a dye used in MRI imaging called Gadolinium; out of fear that literally thousands of US citizens with kidney disease, who had and MRI in the last 10 years, where this dye was used, may now have an incurable medical condition known as NSF. Because so little information is available on this very important issue the US Drug Watchdog is encouraging the national news media to cover this very important story. The group is saying, " over 26 million US citizens have kidney disease. A link between a specific type of MRI imaging dye called Gadolinium, and individuals with kidney disease, has now been associated with an incurable medical condition called NSF. Our biggest fear is most Americans with kidney disease have never linked their NSF, to the fact the were injected with a dye called 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 had a MRI, 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

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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 kidney disease, who as a result of being injected with Gadolinium, as part of the process of getting a MRI, may now have 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 in the last 10 years & if its yes, have them call us right away at 866-714-6466." Http://USDrugWatchdog.Com ###

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Contact Information M Thomas Martin Americas Watchdog http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.com 866-714-6466

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