For AndroGel users who may be having a stroke, the condition will be diagnosed based on their symptoms, medical history and test results. The doctor will then attempt to determine what type of stroke the patient has had and the area of brain that was affected. Immediate treatment will then be performed to prevent another stroke and additional brain damage.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a stroke 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 Stroke Diagnosed?
Medical History and Physical Exam – The doctor will ask the patient or one of their family members about their personal risk factors. Examples may include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, heart disease, or use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) supplements like AndroGel. The doctor will also ask about when onset of the initial symptoms began. During the physical examination, the doctor will perform tests to determine the patient’s mental alertness, coordination and balance. The doctor will then check for numbness in the face, arms, and legs; confusion, trouble speaking and vision problems. He or she will look for symptoms of carotid artery disease, a common cause of ischemic stroke.
The following procedures may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis of an AndroGel Stroke:
- Brain Computed Tomography (CT Scan) – Test that uses x-rays to take detailed pictures of the brain. CT scans are often performed immediately after a stroke is diagnosed. These tests can reveal bleeding in the brain or damage to brain cells resulting from an AndroGel stroke. CT scans can also identify other conditions in the brain that may be causing symptoms.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Uses magnets and radio waves to form pictures of the body’s organs. MRIs can reveal abnormalities in brain tissue and damage to brain cells caused by a stroke.
- Computed Tomography Arteriogram (CTA) & Magnetic Resonance Arteriogram (MRA) – Tests used to show the large blood vessels in the brain. CTAs & MRAs can give the medical team additional data about the location of a blood clot and blood flow in the brain.
- Carotid Ultrasound – Test that uses sound waves to make pictures of the carotid arteries. These arteries supply oxygenated (red) blood to your brain. Ultrasound tests can reveal whether plaque has narrowed or obstructed the carotid arteries.
- Carotid Angiography – Test that uses dye and x-ray pictures to show the carotid arteries. For this test, a catheter is inserted into an artery (usually in the groin), then moved up into a carotid artery. The doctor then injects a contrast dye which helps make the artery visible on x-ray photos.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) – Test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. EKGs reveal how fast the heart is beating and its rhythm. The test also monitors the strength and timing of electrical signals as they pass through the heart. An EKG can help diagnose heart problems that may have caused the stroke.
- Echocardiography (Echo Test) – Uses sound waves to make pictures of the heart. Echo tests provide data about the size and shape of the heart, and how well its chambers and valves are working. This test can also reveal blood clots inside the heart and problems with the aorta.
- Blood Tests – A blood glucose test can determine the amount of sugar in the patient’s bloodstream. Low blood glucose levels may cause symptoms that mimic those of a stroke. A platelet count measures the number of platelets in the blood. Blood platelets are cell fragments that assist in the clotting process. Abnormal platelet levels may be an indicator of a bleeding disorder (not enough clotting) or a thrombotic disorder (too much clotting).
Can I File an AndroGel Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file an AndroGel 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 testosterone supplements, 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 stroke.
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 stroke, 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 Stroke 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 Stroke cases in all 50 states.
Free AndroGel Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had a stroke 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.