Mirena: Neurological Condition
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Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) that releases small amounts of a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel, and is used to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Bayer is the company responsible for manufacturing the Mirena IUD.
Pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), also referred to as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), may have been caused by the use of Mirena.
These conditions are caused by an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the skull. This creates pressure on the brain, which can lead to swollen optic nerves. Unfortunately, the failure to timely diagnose and treat PTC / IIH may lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness.
The symptoms of PTC / IIH include:
- Severe migraines or migraine-like headaches with blurred vision
- Diplopia (double vision), temporary blindness, blind spots, or other visual deficiencies
- Papilledema, or optic disc swelling, due to increased intracranial pressure
- A “whooshing” or ringing in the ear, clinically called tinnitus
When patients present with symptoms of PTC / IIH they often first undergo an MRI, CT scan, and/or other diagnostic radiology tests to rule out an actual tumor or blood clot in the brain. To confirm the diagnosis of PTC / IIH, a lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, is often performed.
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PTC/IIH Symptoms Include Migraines With Blurred Or Double Vision, Temporary Blindness, Other Visual Problems, And Wooshing Or Ringing In The Ear
SUMMARY: The package insert for Mirena does not warn about neurological conditions such as pseudotumor cerebri (PTC), also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
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• severe migraines or migraine-like headaches with blurred vision
• diplopia (double vision), temporary blindness, blind spots, or other visual deficiencies
• papilledema, or optic disc swelling, due to increased intracranial pressure
• a “whooshing” or ringing in the ear, clinically called tinnitus
Unfortunately, the failure to timely diagnose and treat PTC or IIH may lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness.
Because of Bayer’s failure to warn about the risk of developing pseudotumor cerebri or idiopathic intracranial hypertension (PTC/IIH) due to the release of levonorgestrel by the Mirena, women have filed products liability lawsuits against the drug company.[Read this article in full at original source]
All content by attorney Tom Lamb