Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Injuries and Lawsuits
As a serious medical condition in which levels of cerebrospinal fluid increases in the skull and adds pressure to the brain and optic nerve, pseudotumor cerebri, or PTC, exhibits side effects that are similar to a brain tumor. Other medical names for PTC are idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) and benign intracranial hypertension (BIH).
First noted in 1995 by the New England Journal of Medicine, birth control and other oral contraceptives (including Mirena) containing the hormone levonorgestrel may increase the risk of PTC. While this condition is somewhat rare, the symptoms and injuries can be severe and life altering.
Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) may include:
- Severe headaches or migraines
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ringing in the ears
- Pulsating sounds inside the head
- Blurry vision or vision loss
PTC is typically diagnosed through a spinal puncture (spinal tap) or eye exam, in which doctors assess the pressure of cerebrospinal fluid. Severe injuries linked to PTC include blindness (from optic nerve damage) and trouble walking.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms after using Mirena or another oral contraceptive with the hormone levonorgestrel, it is imperative that you see a doctor to determine if you have PTC. Once you are medically stable, the pseudotumor cerebri lawyers at the Harman Law Firm are here to help concerning defective drugs and medical devices. We understand that your suffering has likely resulted in additional medical bills, loss of income and perhaps loss of vision.
Call today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. Let the Harman Law Firm be your advocate for justice in the wake of your PTC injury.
Blindness, Eye Injury and Blood Clots Linked to Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC)
Sometimes referred to as a false brain tumor, pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) puts pressure on the brain from elevated levels of cerebrospinal fluid. While PTC has been linked to birth control pills containing levonorgestrel, such as Mirena, other contraceptives are reportedly linked to PTC including birth control injections, progestin-only implants and exogenous estrogen. Even so, blindness, eye injuries and blood clots are serious risks associated with PTC.
While high levels of cerebrospinal fluid put pressure on the brain, they also press on the optic nerve, resulting in papilledema. This is swelling of the optic disc and affects the information that is transmitted between the eyes and brain. As a result, individuals may experience double vision, blurry vision or blind spots. In severe cases, they may suffer blindness. It’s important to know that damage to the optic nerve is permanent.
While any method of birth control increases one’s risk of blood clots, contraceptives containing drospirenone further increase this risk. Known birth control pills containing this hormone are Yaz and Yasmin. When it comes to blood clots, the concern is that when they enter the brain, they will obstruct the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This may result in secondary intracranial hypertension (another name for PTC).
While patients with symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri (PTC) without vision loss may be treated with medications, those with severe symptoms and injuries may require brain surgery, including a shunt.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with PTC after using Mirena or other contraceptives, you need to know your options. As a national law firm that fights for justice for victims of physical and financial injury, the attorneys at the Harman Law Firm level the playing field, holding those accountable for pain and suffering.
For a free initial consultation to discuss your potential claim, contact the Harman Law Firm today.