Recent studies suggest that Levaquin and other fluoroquinolone antibiotics may be associated with an increased risk of aortic aneurysm. It appears that fluoroquinolone manufacturers have not warned patients or doctors about this potentially deadly complication.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is offering free legal reviews to patients who experienced an aortic aneurysm within a year of taking Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic. To learn more about filing a Levaquin lawsuit or other fluoroquinolone aortic aneurysm case, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (888) 994-5118.
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, including pneumonia, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, cellulitis, gastroenteritis, bone and joint infections, bronchitis, and some sexually transmitted diseases. Medications in this class include:
Fluoroquinolones have been associated with collagen degradation. This occurrence can cause other complications, including tendon ruptures, which are known to occur in patient taking the antibiotics. Collagen degradation may also damage the lining of the aorta, the largest blood vessel in the body.
A Florida man has become one of the first plaintiffs in the country to bring an aortic aneurysm lawsuit against the manufacturer of Levaquin. The case, which was filed on June 8th in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, claims that two courses of Levaquin prescribed to the plaintiff in December 2007 and January 2008 resulted in a host of side effects, including an aortic aneurysm that required surgery. Read More
Several recent studies suggest that patients treated with a fluoroquinolone antibiotic may be at risk for aortic aneurysm, a dangerous complication that can result in fatal internal bleeding.
An aortic aneurysm is a bulge or type of ballooning that occurs when the aortic wall weakens. If the weakened area bursts, a victim may experience fatal internal bleeding. Unfortunately, an aortic aneurysm can grow slowly, with very few symptoms. However, some symptoms may present if the aneurysm expands and puts pressure on surrounding organs.
Symptoms of an aortic aneurysm will depend on its location. Patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm may experience:
Symptoms of a thoracic aortic aneurysm may include:
A ruptured aortic aneurysm will cause:
A ruptured aortic aneurysm requires immediate medical attention to prevent the death of the patient.
The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are ready to provide legal assistance to anyone who suffered an aortic aneurysm that could be associated with Levaquin or another fluoroquinolone antibiotic. To contact our legal team today, please call (888) 994-5118.
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