Birth control users who suffered serious side effects may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. A number of women have reported developing benign intracranial hypertension (BIH), a severe neurological disorder that occurs when too much cerebrospinal fluid builds up around the brain. Symptoms of this condition are similar to a brain tumor, and may include headaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), vision loss and papilledema (swelling of the optic nerve).
What is NuvaRing?
The NuvaRing is a flexible contraceptive device used to protect against pregnancy. The ring is inserted into the vagina for three weeks at a time, and then removed for a week to allow menstruation to occur. The woman can then insert a new NuvaRing to resume protection against pregnancy.
Benign Intracranial Hypertension (BIH)
Benign intracranial hypertension (BIH) is a neurological condition in which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure within the skull is too high. Other names for the disorder include idiopathic intracranial hypertension and pseudotumor cerebri. Most patients with the condition are initially misdiagnosed with brain tumors, as the two share similar symptoms.
- Changes in vision
- Vision loss
- Papilledema (swelling of the optic nerve)
- Feeling dizzy or nauseated
- Neck stiffness
- Difficulty walking
- Persistent ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
People with benign intracranial hypertension may be eligible for a number of surgical treatments including:
- Ventricular Shunt – CSF is drained from the brain into the peritoneal cavity, abdomen or heart muscle.
- Lumbar Shunt – Cerebrospinal fluid drained from the spine into the peritoneal cavity and/or stomach.
- Optic Nerve Sheath Fenestration – Opening is made in the covering of the optic nerve to drain fluid and relieve pressure on the nerve.