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Increased Risk of Pseudotumor Cerebri Associated with Mirena IUD

Hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against Bayer Health, for marketing the Mirena IUD without disclosing the risks of damage due to migration within and through the uterus. It is now becoming increasingly apparent that women have a new claim against the pharmaceutical company for the risk of a condition known as pseudotumor cerebri. Pseudotumor cerebri displays symptoms similar to those associated with a brain tumor but without the presence of an actual tumor. Also referred to as intracranial hypertension, it is the result of an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid, which normally occurs in lesser amounts in the brain. Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri typically include daily or near-daily headaches that may be accompanied by nausea. Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, may occur along with visual impairments such as diplopia (double vision) and obscuration (spots and shadows). Left untreated the condition may cause papilledema, an edema of the optic disk that can lead to progressively worsening vision. Exertion tends to aggravate the condition. The condition can affect people of any age or sex but it occurs with greater frequency in women of childbearing age, obese individuals and those with thyroid conditions or kidney failure. Treatments can vary widely from simple weight loss and dietary restrictions to the surgical implantation of a shunt to drain the fluid. Without treatment, persons with pseudotumor cerebri, risk optic nerve damage and permanent loss of vision. Diagnosis of the condition is generally done with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or by spinal tap. Pseudotumor Cerebri as a Mirena IUD Side Effect Medication-based birth control practices have been associated with an increased risk of developing pseudotumor cerebri. These include birth control pills, implantable products and intrauterine devices, such as the Mirena IUD. The lawsuits are alleging that the manufacturers, such as Bayer, who marketed the Mirena IUD, did not properly make the user or prescribing physicians aware of the associated risk of pseudotumor cerebri. In 2014, a group of plaintiffs in the pending New Jersey multidistrict litigation (MDL) in federal court, attempted to have their pseudotumor cerebri suits separated from the migration injury litigation into their own MDL. This move was rejected due to the small number of cases compared to the migration allegations. Lack of merit was not a factor in the decision. In addition to the Mirena IUD, attorneys are seeking to hear from women that used any other medication based contraceptive measure that have been diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri or intracranial hypertension. This is to further correlate the use of these methods with the increased risk of developing the condition. If you are a woman who is currently using the Mirena IUD, it is advisable to have it removed if you are experiencing any pain, abnormal bleeding, or any of these other serious side-effects. The described symptoms after removal don’t happen to every woman and are not dangerous, as long as suicidal thoughts do not become acute. On the other hand, a migrating IUD (one that moves from its intended location) can lead to internal injuries, multiple surgeries, miscarriage, and possible sterility. Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 (833) 606-DRUG [3784] https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/defective-medication-attorneys/ References: https://www.legalreader.com/mirena-iud-may-increase-the-chances-of-developing-pseudotumor-cerebri/