November 25, 2013 — The Pennsylvania Record reports that a Mirena lawsuit has been filed by a woman from Uniontown, Pennsylvania. She suffered a uterine perforation when her Mirenua Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) migrated spontaneously.
The plaintiff, Sherry Broadwater, was implanted with the Mirena IUD in 2010, when she was 29 years old. Her problems began in spring 2011, when she experienced the following symptoms of a uterine perforation:
- Severe abdominal discomfort
- Severe mood swings
- General feelings of fever and sickness
She also received a positive pregnancy test. When she visited her doctor to have the IUD removed, doctors were unable to locate the IUD and assumed it had been “expulsed.” In late 2011, she had an abdominal X-ray that showed the Mirena had punctured her uterus and migrated into her abdomen. Surgery was the only way doctors could remove the IUD.
Ms. Broadwater’s attorneys filed the Mirena lawsuit in Pittsburgh, but it is possible that her case could be transferred into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL), which is like a Mirena class action lawsuit. The Mirena MDL was established in June 2013, and by October, at least 211 cases were pending against Bayer.
Plaintiffs accuse Bayer of failing to warn about the risk of spontaneous uterine perforation. The label on Mirena only warns about perforations during implantation of Mirena, and these events are described as “uncommon.” Many plaintiffs hope that proper warnings about the risk of spontaneous uterine perforation will help doctors quickly diagnose the complication when it occurs.