The Spread of Contaminated Injections

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Between November 2012 and April 2013, a batch of fungal contaminated methylprednisolone (which is a steroid) left New England and was distributed to patients, mostly in Michigan. There were 172 patients who received a dose of the especially contaminated lot No. 062921012@26

After receiving the injection, usually as a treatment for back pain, a wave of patients developed meningitis. As time went on, the outbreaks of meningitis lessened, but fungal spinal or paraspinal infections became more frequent.

Even long after the steroids were injected, paraspinal infections continued to present symptoms. Many didn’t notice the symptoms because they were being treated for back pain already; it would just appear the treatments weren’t working as the pain continued.

Patients who sought medical attention were given an MRI at the injection site. Of the 172 patients who were screening, 36 (21%) had MRI abnormalities, and 35 of those 36 found either probable or confirmed fungal spinal or paraspinal infections.

They were then treated with antifungal agents, but 24 still needed surgical intervention.

There were even 5 patients who denied showing symptoms, but were later found to have a fungal infection.

It’s important to stay aware of your body and what you’re feeling. If you receive an injection of any kind and later don’t feel right, it doesn’t hurt to call your doctor and ask questions. If you need an MRI, give us a call. Carlsbad Open MRI is here to help.

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