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Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Lawyer & Lawsuit

Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) is neurological disorder characterized by the destruction of the myelin. The myelin serves to protect the nerve cells of both the brain and spinal cord. As a result, the disease worsens over time and often leads to permanent brain damage. In this article we will discuss the signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, tests and diagnosis for PML.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PML after taking Raptiva, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.

Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms associated with PML often include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Loss of coordination
  • Clumsiness
  • Loss of language ability
  • Memory loss
  • Vision problems
  • Weakness in legs and arms that gets progressively worse

Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Causes

The JC virus is found in a lot of healthy people and rarely causes symptoms. However, it has been known to trigger PML in those who have a weakened immune system. Recent studies also suggest that those who have taken the psoriasis drug Raptiva may have an increased risk in developing PML.

Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Risk Factors

Patients with psoriasis and who were prescribed Raptiva may have an increased risk for developing PML. In October 2008, the FDA added a “black box warning” to Raptiva, which warned psoriasis patients of the risks of life-threatening infections, including progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy.

Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Tests & Diagnosis

Tests that are used to diagnose PML include:

  • Cytology exam of urine
  • CT scan
  • Electroencephalogram
  • MRI

Do I have a Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy Lawsuit?

The trial lawyers at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP have decades of experience navigating through complex legislative and regulatory issues and litigating high stakes cases all over the nation. Our law firm focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in PML lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Again, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PML after taking Raptiva, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-800-773-0849. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.

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