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Did you or a loved one become seriously or fatally ill as the result of a steroid injection?

January 14, 2013 - According to health officials 44 people have died and 678 people have been sickened as a result of an epidural steroid injections (medication injected into the spine) used mostly for back pain.  The specific injection found to be the source of the injuries contains the drug methylprednisolone acetate.  This is not the same type of medication as that given to women during childbirth. The injection is generally used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, acute gouty arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.  

The suspected source of the steroid injections is the New England Compounding Center (NECC) that provides medications to 50 states.  Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes the fungul contaminate that is causing the rare form of meningitis is limited to three lots of this steroid injection.  However, investigations continue to confirm that there is no further contaminations and we will continue to update this page as information is provided.  

According to the CDC, there may be as many as 14,000 people sickened by this illness and they are requesting that anyone receiving the injection after May 21, 2012 should contact their medical provider to confirm they did not receive an injection stemming from one of the lots subject to the recall.  

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.  According to the CDC, several of the victims have had strokes related to meningitis.  Symptoms include severe and worsening headache, nausea, dizziness and fever. Some patients also experience slurred speech, and difficulty walking and urinating.

This rare form of meningitis is not contagious, but can be deadly.  
 
As of January 14, 2013, the CDC has identified victims in 19 states - a breakdown of the case count can be found here.  However, they believe that steroid injections from the contaminated lots were sent to twenty three states.  The list of states receiving the injections can be found at the following link to the CDC website.  

If you received a steroid injection after May 21, 2012,  you should immediately contact your health provider to confirm the steroid did not originate from the New England Compounding Center.

If you did receive a steroid from the NECC, you should get immediate medical attention - there are diagnostic tests that need to be perfomed to determine if you have fungal meningitis.  Early intervention is crucial to improve the outcome of anyone infected by this contamination.  

if you or a loved one become ill as a result of this steroid injection, you may need to discuss your legal rights with an attorney. TorHoerman Law is offering a no charge, no obligation steroid injection litigation review.

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