The testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) product AndroGel has been used by millions of American men since it first hit the market in 2000. What many of these men are unaware of, however, is that AndroGel and other similar testosterone boosters have been linked to severe cardiovascular health complications. One of the most severe injuries associated with AndroGel is pulmonary embolism (PE), a condition that occurs when a blood clot gets stuck in the lungs.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a pulmonary embolism after taking AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of AndroGel and we can help.
How is a Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosed?
A diagnosis of pulmonary embolism can be made based on the patient’s medical history, physical exam and test results. In most cases, emergency room doctors and radiologists confirm the diagnosis.
Medical History / Physical Exam – To diagnose pulmonary embolism, the doctor will inquire about the patient’s medical history. They will:
- Determine deep vein thrombosis (DVT) risk factors
- See how likely it is that the patient may have a pulmonary embolism
- Rule out other potential causes of symptoms
The doctor also will perform a physical examination. During this exam, they will assess the patient’s legs for signs of deep vein thrombosis. The doctor will also check their blood pressure, heart and lungs.
A number of tests can be ordered to help diagnose pulmonary embolism. Which tests the patient gets depends on how they reach the hospital, their risk factors and testing options. One or more of the following tests may be performed:
- Ultrasound – Uses sound waves to identify blood clots in the legs and check blood flow in the veins. During an ultrasound, gel is placed on the legs and a hand-held transducer is moved over the affected areas. The transducer produces waves and detects their echoes as they bounce off veins and blood cells. The echoes appear as a picture on a computer screen, allowing the doctor to see blood flow in the patient’s legs. If the doctor finds blood clots in the legs, treatment will likely be recommended.
- Computed Tomography (CT) Scan – Used to look for blood clots in the lungs and legs. For this test, dye is injected into a vein in the arm which makes the blood vessels in the lungs and legs appear as x-ray images. The patient lies on a table, and an x-ray rotates around them. The tube takes pictures from multiple angles. CT scans allow doctors to detect most pulmonary embolisms.
- Lung Ventilation/Perfusion Scan (VQ Scan) – Uses a radioactive substance to determine how well oxygen and blood are flowing to the lungs. VQ scans can help to diagnose many cases of pulmonary embolism.
- Pulmonary Angiography – For this test, a catheter is threaded through the groin or arm to the blood vessels in the lungs. Dye is injected into the blood vessels and x-ray pictures are taken to show blood flowing through the lungs. If a blood clot is identified, the catheter may be used to remove it or deliver clot-buster medications to dissolve it.
- Blood Tests – Measure substances in the blood that are released when a clot dissolves. High levels of these substances may indicate that a blood clot is present. If the patient’s test is normal and he or she has few risk factors, pulmonary embolism isn’t likely. Other blood tests are used to diagnose inherited disorders that cause blood clots.
Can I File an AndroGel Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file an AndroGel Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving pharmaceuticals allege that a drug was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of AndroGel, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of blood clot.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of AndroGel, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your pulmonary embolism, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have an AndroGel Pulmonary Embolism Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in AndroGel Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new AndroGel pulmonary embolism cases in all 50 states.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a pulmonary embolism after using AndroGel, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing an AndroGel Suit and we can help.