The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it will require additional warnings for gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) alerting patients to a potential risk of gadolinium retention. The move comes after a hearing about gadolinium at which various experts and patients spoke about gadolinium retention in the human body, including in organs and the brain. Patients discussed the side effects of having gadolinium retained in their body.
Gadolinium-based contrast agents, or GBCAs, are injected in about a third of 60 million MRIs performed annually – 30 million in the U.S. alone (that’s one in 10 Americans), including children.
Gadolinium is a heavy metal chemical agent that is injected to enhance the images of a MRI. It not naturally found in the human body. Its proponents say it is always expelled from the body, primarily through the kidneys. But studies have shown it can be retained in the brain, bones, skin and others parts of the body.
Patients injected with a Gadolinium contrast agents may experience the following side effects:
Reports state the people who are at risk of developing NSF / NFD include patients with:
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