Pseudotumor Cerebri or Intracranial Hypertension Lawsuits in Kentucky
Brett Oppenheimer, attorney, is examining hormonal birth control pill and birth control implant injury cases in Kentucky after studies have emerged linking some birth control pills and implants with an increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC). Pseudotumor cerebri can produce symptoms that may present as brain tumors. While PTC is not a brain tumor, it is a potentially serious medical condition that can cause severe headaches, vision loss, and even permanent blindness.
What is the Link between Hormonal Birth Control and Psuedotumor Cerebri?
The National Institute of Health (NIH) has warned that birth control methods using the hormone called progestin or levonorgestrel may be a risk factor for pseudotumor cerebri, also commonly known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). It is thought that levonorgestrel-releasing birth control may either elevate the production of cerebrospinal fluid or decrease the cerebrospinal fluid absorption in the skull, which increases the pressure on the brain. This excessive level of cerebrospinal fluid puts pressure on the optic nerve which can cause vision problems or impairment. The birth control pills and implants that may be linked to pseudotumor cerebri include:
- Ortho Evra
What are the Warning Signs of Pseudotumor Cerebri?
If you or a family member are experiencing symptoms of intracranial hypertension, it is important to seek medical attention. If the problem is found early, the condition may be able to be treated so that vision loss may be avoided. The symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri may include:
- Severe headaches or migraines (especially behind the eyes)
- Dizziness, nausea, vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurry or double vision
- Partial vision loss
- Light flashes
- Neck stiffness
- Problems walking
Once the condition is diagnosed, usually by spinal tap or an MRI or CT of the brain, doctors can try to reduce the pressure on the brain via prescription medications, surgery, shunting procedures or lumbar puncture.
What if I think I have a Pseudotumor Cerebri Case?
The pharmaceutical companies that manufacture hormonal birth control pills and IUD birth control devices have an obligation to their consumers (and to health care providers) to disclose any known risk factors associated with their products. Recent law suits allege that the dangers associated with pseudotumor cerebri were not publicized by such companies as Bayer, Pfizer, Merck and Duramed. If you are a Kentuckian who would like to have a free consultation with a personal injury attorney regarding an idiopathic intracranial hypertension lawsuit, please contact Brett H. Oppenheimer. Brett Oppenheimer is an attorney with an office in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Brett works on injury cases and lawsuits and can help to guide you through the legal process associated with product liability and medical device litigation. Brett can help you determine if you may be entitled to financial compensation for your suffering. Call (502) 242-8877 to consult with Brett.