Gadolinium Poses Serious Kidney Dangers

Gadolinium is used as a prescription dye to enhance magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and has been linked to nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, a debilitating and sometimes fatal disease that affects the skin, muscle, and internal organs. According to the boxed warning required by the FDA, the contrast dye can cause problems for those patients with acute or chronic severe renal insufficiency. The following are symptoms of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF):
For the skin—burning or itching, reddened or darkened patches; and/or skin swelling, hardening and/or tightening
For the eyes—yellow raised spots on the whites of the eyes
For the bones, joints and muscles—joint stiffness; limited range of motion in the arms, hands, legs, or feet; pain deep in the hip bone or ribs; and/or muscle weakness