What is Pseudotumor Cerebri?
Pseudotumor cerebri, sometimes referred to as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) or benign intracranial hypertension (BIH), is a serious medical condition occurring when pressure inside the skull increases for no obvious reason. The term pseudotumor cerebri literally translates to “false brain tumor,” and symptoms of the condition mimic those of a brain tumor, when no tumor is present. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri include: a headache behind the eyes, brief episodes of blindness, and a ringing in the ears in time with the heartbeat. In some cases, pseudotumor cerebri may cause increased pressure on the optic nerve, which can lead to permanent blindness.
Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear, watery fluid that can be found in the brain and spine, and while its primary function is to act as a cushion for the brain’s cortex, the fluid also removes waste products from the brain and circulates nutrients and chemicals filtered from the blood. Cerebrospinal fluid is essential to the protection of the brain, providing a mechanical barrier against shock, and maintaining pressure within the skull at a constant level. However, when there is too much of the fluid inside the skull, it can put a dangerous amount of pressure on the brain, which can have devastating consequences.
Birth Control Products Related to Pseudotumor Cerebri
- Mirena IUD
- Ortho Evra
- Depo Provera
Pseudotumor Cerebri Studies
The exact cause of pseudotumor cerebri is unknown, but the National Library of Medicine reports that certain types of pharmaceutical drugs are known to increase the risk of the medical condition, namely birth control pills. In 1995, the New England Journal of Medicine published research linking 56 cases of pseudotumor cerebri and a condition called optic disc edema to birth control pills and implantable devices containing the hormone levonorgestrel, like Mirena IUD. In the meantime, other studies have linked pseudotumor cerebri side effects to birth control injections, exogenous estrogen and progestin-only contraceptive implants. In addition, while nearly all oral contraceptives are associated with an increased risk of blood clots, drospirenone-containing birth control pills like Yaz and Yasmin have been linked to a higher-than-expected risk of blood clots, which can enter the brain, obstruct the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, and cause secondary intracranial hypertension.
Why Lawsuits Are Being Filed
Pseudotumor cerebri lawsuits claim:
- The makers of certain hormonal birth control pills and implants designed and manufactured defective products.
- The manufacturers failed to warn about the risk of pseudotumor cerebri associated with their products.
- The manufacturers misrepresented the safety of their birth control pills and implants.
- The manufacturers knew about the potential for hormonal birth control pills and devices to cause increased pressure inside the skull.
- The manufacturers overstated the benefits of their birth control products, while downplaying their risks.
Pseudotumor Cerebri Lawsuit Information
The long-term effects of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) can be devastating, and a pseudotumor cerebri lawsuit can help affected women pursue compensation for current and future damages associated with the medical condition and any permanent injuries it may cause, like partial or complete blindness. An experienced pseudotumor cerebri attorney will be intimately familiar with the numerous hardships associated with PTC complications, and will advocate on behalf of women diagnosed with the condition, as well as their families.
While the majority of pseudotumor cerebri research has focused on Yaz, Yasmin and Mirena IUD, it is believed that many other hormonal birth control products may be linked to an increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri as well. If you believe you have been adversely affected by pseudotumor cerebri side effects of hormonal birth control, consult a reputable product liability lawyer today to explore your possible compensation options. You may have grounds to file a pseudotumor cerebri lawsuit against the manufacturer of the birth control pill or implant.
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