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Testopel Pulmonary Embolism Information

Testopel Pulmonary Embolism Information

Testopel is a testosterone replacement pellet that may increase your risk of blood clots in the legs. If these blood clots travel to the lungs, they can cause a severe, life-threatening pulmonary embolism or venous thromboembolism (VTE).

What You Can Do & How a Testopel Lawsuit Can Help

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

Testopel and Pulmonary Embolism

Testopel (testosterone pellet) is approved for long-term treatment of male hypogonadism (low testosterone). One of the most common complications is an increase in the number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. This helps improve energy and muscle mass, but it may also increase the risk of developing blood clots.

Testosterone-induced blood clots usually grow in the lower legs or thigh. This condition is also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The most serious complication of DVT is a pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lungs). About one-third of undiagnosed, untreated pulmonary embolisms are deadly.

Study Links Testosterone and Pulmonary Embolism

In a study of 596 men hospitalized in three years for DVT and pulmonary embolism, about 1.2% were taking testosterone. Researchers found that men on testosterone were more likely to have DVT-PE within 90 days of starting treatment. The risk appeared to be greatest for men who also had a genetic disorder for blood-clotting (factor V Leiden thrombophilia). The study was limited by its small sample size.

Pulmonary Embolism Complications

Possible complications of a pulmonary embolism according to the National Institute of Health (NIH):

  • Coughing up blood
  • Heart failure
  • Shock
  • Pulmonary hypertension (chronic high blood pressure in lungs)
  • Severe breathing problems
  • Severe bleeding (usually a complication of treatment
  • Damage to other organs in the body from low oxygen
  • Permanent lung damage
  • Sudden death

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