Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis is a serious complication during labor that may result in serious, irreversible injuries to the mother and child at birth.  Affecting approximately 10% of pregnancies, this condition is also known as intra-amniotic infection (IAI).  Chorioamnionitis is characterized by inflammation and infection of the fetal membranes (amnion and chorion) due to a bacterial infection. This intrauterine infection typically occurs when bacteria ascends from the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus. This condition is…

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Diagnosing Hip Implant Pseudotumors with MARS MRI

The symptoms related to defective metal-on-metal hip implants can be extremely overwhelming for some patients. For many individuals, the device that was supposed to restore their quality of life has instead resulted in pain and immobility. Several of the negative side effects of the metal-on-metal hip implants can be difficult to diagnose. Fortunately, there is now a test available to better monitor and diagnose pseudotumors, a serious condition that often occurs with metal-on-metal hip implants….

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What Does an Intracranial Hypertension Diagnosis Mean for Me?

Many women have been diagnosed with intracranial hypertension (IH) following their implantation of the intrauterine device (IUD), Mirena. In fact, medical literature shows that implantation of Mirena significantly increases the user’s risk of developing IH. In case you are unfamiliar, intracranial hypertension is pressure felt within the skull due to a buildup of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) in the spaces that surround the brain and spinal column. Symptoms indicative of IH include, but are not…

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Incompetent Cervix

An incompetent cervix, also called a cervical insufficiency, is a potentially serious condition of pregnancy that occurs when weak cervical tissue causes or contributes to premature birth or the loss of an otherwise healthy pregnancy. This type of condition has been described by experts as a “diagnostic dilemma”. Because an incompetent cervix can often be difficult to diagnose, physicians should be constantly on the alert for this condition. If there is any suspicion of this…

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants and Metallosis

Metal poisoning occurs when toxic levels of metal build up in the body causing damage to tissues, bones, and the nervous system. One type of metal poisoning, called metallosis, can occur as a side effect of joint replacement surgery using metal components such as those in metal-on-metal hip implants. Medical device manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Zimmer, DePuy, and Stryker began releasing metal-on-metal hip implants in 2006. Since that time, thousands of individuals have experienced…

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Symptoms Following Mirena; What Testing Do I Need And How Do I Go About Getting It?

Among contraception options available on the market today, one of the most prevalent is the intrauterine device (IUD), Mirena. However, despite its popularity, following implantation of the device, many women have reported experiencing troubling symptoms, some of which include: severe headaches; nausea; peripheral vision changes; papilledema (swelling of the part of the optic nerve inside the eye); and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Development of one or more of these symptoms after having received Mirena…

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Vacuum Extraction And Subgaleal Hematoma

Approximately 5% (1 in 20) of all deliveries in the United States are operative vaginal deliveries. An operative vaginal delivery refers to a physician’s use of either forceps or a vacuum device when a woman’s labor has stalled. Over time, the rate of operative vaginal delivery has been steadily decreasing. However, the number of vacuum-assisted deliveries has been increasing. It is vital that vacuum extraction is done correctly by a trained medical professional. The vacuum-assisted…

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Mirena IUD: Diagnosing Intracranial Hypertension

Several scientific studies show that the primary hormone in the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD), levonorgestrel, increases the risk of developing Intracranial Hypertension (IH). IH, also known as Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC), is caused by the overproduction of spinal fluid within the skull. The excess fluid puts immense pressure on the brain, triggering warning signs similar to those experienced with brain tumors. Mirena users suffering from IH often endure daily pressure headaches, blurry vision or vision loss,…

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Smith & Nephew BHR Recall X ray image of hip

New information shows greater insight into the negligent behavior of global medical technology company Smith & Nephew concerning its defective hip replacement products. After the recall of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing device (BHR) in June 2015, evidence shows that the company failed to accurately inform both physicians and patients of the proper measures to take regarding these defective products. Smith & Nephew neglected to warn the public of the dangerous side effects and long-term consequences…

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Have a Happy Halloween from The Yost Legal Group

Halloween is right around the corner, and children and families throughout Maryland are preparing their costumes and decorating their homes for a frightful, fun night. Even though Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and families to enjoy, there are important safety tips that you should discuss with your children. At The Yost Legal Group we want everyone to have a fun filled, and safe Halloween. Whether you plan to trick or treat throughout your…

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