Perforation of internal organs (including the intestines) is a rare but potentially life-threatening complication of the Mirena IUD. Serious injury can occur if Mirena perforates the uterus, migrates outside the uterus, and damages internal organs. Intestinal perforations can cause deadly infections, such as peritonitis and sepsis. Emergency surgery may be necessary to repair organ damage and remove Mirena.
What is Mirena?
Mirena is an IUD (intra-uterine device) that is manufactured and sold by Bayer. Mirena is implanted directly inside the uterus, where it slowly releases levonorgestrel, a type of hormone that causes cervical mucous to thicken and also thins the lining of the uterus. Mirena reduces the chances of getting pregnant by 99% for up to five years.
Mirena and Organ Perforation
Perforation of internal organs is one the most serious complications of Mirena. Perforation of the uterus occurs in approximately one out of 1,000 insertions. The uterus can also be perforated spontaneously after Mirena is implanted. If a uterine perforation is not diagnosed and treated promptly, Mirena can migrate into the abdomen and perforate other organs.
Mirena and Intestinal Perforation
An Intestinal perforation is a life-threatening emergency, because a hole in the intestines may allow stools and bacteria to leak into the abdominal cavity. This can cause a severe infection called peritonitis, inflammation, abscesses, and organ damage. It can also cause a body-wide infection called sepsis. Emergency treatment involves surgery to repair the perforation.
Intestinal perforation symptoms:
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody stools
- Nausea, vomiting
- Changes in bowel habits
Case Studies of Organ Perforation
In December 2010, researchers published this report to describe the case of a woman who suffered a perforated colon from an IUD. The 42 year-old woman was admitted to the hospital complaining of lower abdominal pain that persisted for three months. Five years ago, she had an IUD implanted. When the doctors performed an abdominal x-ray, they discovered that the IUD in her descending colon. The doctors attempted to remove the IUD with a colonoscopy, but failed, and were forced to remove it surgically.
Mirena Side Effects
Many people who have suffered side effects of Mirena are seeking justice for their injuries. If you have suffered from uterine perforation, intestinal perforation, organ damage, or other serious side effect, you may qualify for a lawsuit.
Serious side effects of Mirena include:
- Perforation of the uterus
- Migration of Mirena outside the uterus
- Organ damage
- Intestinal perforations, obstructions
- Severe abdominal pain
- Surgery to remove Mirena
- And more