Mirena Brain & Eye Injury

Published on July 16, 2015 by Laurie Villanueva

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The Mirena IUD may be associated with a number of serious neurological complications, including:

  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension/pseudotumor cerebri
  • Optic nerve damage
  • Papilledema
  • Blindness

These Mirena-related brain and eye injuries are believed to result from the levonorgestrel emitted by the IUD, which is known to increase levels of cerebrospinal fluid. The resulting elevation in brain pressure can cause a host of serious side effects, including chronic headaches, vision problems, and blindness. The consequences of these Mirena-induced neurological side effects can be devastating, and may include years of medical treatments, permanent disability and staggering medical bills.

Fortunately, help is available. For more than two decades, the attorneys and legal staff at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have worked diligently on behalf of consumers who were needlessly injured by defective drugs and other dangerous products. If you are struggling because of a serious Mirena brain or eye injury, our dedicated and experienced attorneys are ready to take up the fight to ensure that you are fairly compensated for all of the pain and suffering you’ve endured.

Mirena and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Mirena Brain and Eye Injury LawsuitThe Mirena IUD is a hormone-emitting birth control device that is marketed by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. The small, flexible t-shaped implant is placed into the uterus by a healthcare provider, where it constantly releases levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of progestin. Barring complications, the Mirena IUD may remain in place for up to five years. Mirena is one of just two levonorgestrel-releasing IUDs available in the U.S. The other is Skyla, which is also marketed by Bayer.

Intracranial hypertension is a neurological disorder in which cerebrospinal fluid pressure within the skull is too high. Also known as pseudotumor cerebri, the symptoms of the condition mimic a brain tumor and may include:

  • Severe or chronic headaches/migraines
  • Tinnitus (ringing or whooshing sound in the ears)
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Blindness
  • Double vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Dizziness

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension can only be diagnosed via a spinal tap (lumbar puncture), an extremely painful procedure in which a large needle is inserted between two vertebrae in the lower back and a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid is removed. Treatment may include medications to improve symptoms, and possibly surgery to drain excess fluid from the skull. If not treated, the effects of Mirena-induced idiopathic intracranial hypertension can last for years, progressively worsen, and lead to permanent damage.

The increase in brain pressure caused by idiopathic intracranial hypertension has the potential to cause a serious Mirena eye injury called papilledema. Papilledema occurs when the optic disc (head of the optic nerve) begins to swell. Women who develop Mirena papilledema may experience fleeting vision changes that last for seconds at a time, including blurred vision, double vision, flickering, or complete loss of vision. If not treated, Mirena-related optic nerve damage can result in permanent vision loss.

Mirena Lawsuit Reviews

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is representing numerous women who were allegedly harmed by the Mirena IUD, and our attorneys are now offering free, no-obligation Mirena Lawsuit case reviews to any woman who may have experienced a serious Mirena brain or eye injury. If you were diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, pseudotumor cerebri, or papilledema while using the Mirena IUD, please call to learn more about your legal options.