Women who use the Mirena IUD, and similar birth control devices that release the hormone levonorgestrel, may develop Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC), a serious neurological condition that causes intracranial fluid accumulation (build-up of fluid around the brain).
Seek medical attention immediately If you were implanted with a Mirena IUD and you are experiencing the following symptoms:
Symptoms of Mirena Pseudotumor Cerebri
Pseudotumor cerebri increases cranial pressure and can produce symptoms that are similar to those of a brain tumor. Women who develop PTC may experience severe migraines, memory problems, and cognitive impairment. This fluid buildup can also cause swelling of the optic disc which can lead to double or blurred vision, vision loss, or permanent blindness.
Women who develop Mirena PTC should have the device removed immediately. However, because PTC is a relatively rare disorder, diagnosis often takes an extended period of time. To aid diagnosing, if you are experiencing the symptoms of PTC, be sure to tell your doctor you have been implanted with the Mirena IUD.
Once diagnosis is made, physicians typically try to treat PTC with medications designed to slow the body’s production of cerebrospinal fluid. However, if these treatments do not work, the patient may need to undergo multiple spinal taps (lumbar punctures) or have a shunt inserted to drain excess fluid from the brain. Both of these procedures can introduce their own set of health problems including infection and pain.
Mirena Pseudotumor Cerebri Lawsuits
A growing number of women who suffered PTC after being implanted with the Mirena IUD are filing complaints against Bayer Healthcare alleging the pharmaceutical giant –
These PTC lawsuits are in addition to the thousands of lawsuits that have been filed against Bayer alleging the company failed to disclose the risk of spontaneous uterine perforation and device migration of Mirena. These lawsuits also allege the company used deceptive marketing practices to increase sales and profits.
If you have been Injured by the Mirena IUD call us at 1-800-223-3784 for a free case evaluation.