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Use of one of the most popular hormonal birth control devices on the market, Mirena IUD, may increase a woman’s chances of suffering devastating pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) complications possibly leading to swelling of the optic nerve and permanent vision loss.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pseudotumor cerebri, and you believe a birth control product to be the cause, consult an experienced product liability lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. With a qualified pseudotumor cerebri attorney on your side, you can ensure that your legal rights are protected, and pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. The following article provides details on how to get a Pseudotumor Cerebri Diagnosis.
Pseudotumor Cerebri Described
Pseudotumor cerebri, sometimes called idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) or benign intracranial hypertension (BIH), is a serious medical condition occurring when pressure inside the skull increases for no apparent reason. Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri, which literally translates to “false brain tumor,” mimic those of a brain tumor when no tumor is present, and may include ringing in the ears, headaches behind the eyes, and brief episodes of blindness. These symptoms are caused by pressure from the buildup or poor absorption of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull, which acts as a cushion for the brain’s cortex, protecting the brain and spinal cord from injury. In patients with PTC, the symptoms are sometimes more intense following physical activity, and may worsen with sneezing or coughing, due to an increase of pressure within the skull.
Possible Causes of Pseudotumor Cerebri
The cause of most reported cases of pseudotumor cerebri remains unknown, but a possible connection has been found between PTC side effects and the use of hormonal contraceptive birth control intrauterine device Mirena IUD.
Mirena IUD (levonorgestrel) is a long-acting hormonal intrauterine device inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. The flexible, T-shaped device slowly releases the progestin levonorgestrel directly into the uterus over time, and is a popular alternative to daily birth control pills.
One of the first studies to highlight the potential connection between pseudotumor cerebri and the use of hormonal birth control was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1995. The study identified 56 cases where PTC side effects and optic disc edema occurred in women using oral contraceptives or intrauterine birth control implants, like the Mirena IUD. Most recently, at the 2015 meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, research findings were presented indicating that “exposure to a [levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system] was significantly associated with the development of [idiopathic intracranial hypertension],” and that the use of Bayer Healthcare’s Mirena IUD was “disproportionately more common among IIH patients than non-IIH patients.”
Pursuing Compensation for PTC Complications
The long-term effects of pseudotumor cerebri extend far beyond headaches and ringing in the ears, and may result in swelling of the optic nerve, which transmits visual information between the eyes and brain, possibly leading to permanent vision loss. Unfortunately, at this point, surgery is typically required to reduce the pressure around the optic nerve and relieve the buildup of pressure inside the skull. If you used a hormonal birth control product like Mirena IUD, and you have since suffered major side effects like pseudotumor cerebri or idiopathic intracranial hypertension, contact the knowledgeable PTC attorneys at the Monroe Law Group today for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, which you can pursue by filing a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturing company.
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