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Mirena and Pseudotumor Cerebri

Mirena and Pseudotumor Cerebri

Bayer is facing lawsuits for allegedly downplaying the link between Mirena and neurological side effects, including pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). This serious condition can cause permanent brain damage, vision loss, blindness, and other complications.

What You Can Do & How a Mirena Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Mirena induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Mirena Pseudotumor Cerebri Lawsuits

August 2014 — Law360 reports that a panel of federal judges has denied a motion to centralize nine lawsuits involving brain injuries from Mirena into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in federal court. Instead, the cases will proceed at the state court level. Click here to read more.

May 2014 — Lawyers are asking a panel of federal judges to centralize nine Mirena lawsuits involving pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) and/or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL). The panel has already established an MDL to centralize hundreds of Mirena lawsuits involving uterine perforation.

Mirena and Pseudotumor Cerebri

Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) manufactured by Bayer. It is designed to reduce a woman’s risk of pregnancy by slowly releasing hormones. One of these hormones, levonorgestrel, has been linked to an increased risk of PTC and/or IIH.

What is the problem?

Unfortunately, the Prescribing Information for Mirena does not include warnings about PTC, IIH, or other serious neurological side effects. Lawsuits accuse Bayer of concealing this risk information from doctors and patients.

What is Pseudotumor Cerebri?

Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) is a medical condition that occurs when there is too much cerebrospinal fluid inside the skull, which increases pressure on the brain. The condition, also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), produces effects that are similar to a growing brain tumor.

Complications

PTC puts pressure on the optic nerve, which causes vision loss that can lead to blindness. There is no treatment to reverse damage to the optic nerve. Because of this, once PTC/IIH is diagnosed, treatment focuses on preserving remaining vision. Doctors typically administer medications to reduce production of cerebrospinal fluid. If other treatments do not work, doctors may have to use a shunt to drain excess fluid from the skull.

Symptoms

  • Headache
  • Neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Blurry vision
  • Buzzing or ringing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Vision loss

Do I have a Mirena Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Mirena induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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