Sometimes products used in surgery are later determined to be defective or contaminated. That type of defect or contamination can often result in an injury or disease. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with tuberculosis or other injuries that may have been caused by FiberCel Viable Bone Matrix implants, it is important to have an experienced attorney by your side to help find answers that can lead to compensation for an injury.
If you or a loved one reside in Indiana you may have heard about the recent lawsuit filed by Wilson Kehoe Winingham regarding a tuberculosis diagnosis following Aziyo Biologics’ FiberCel Viable Bone Matrix implantation.
FiberCel Fiber Viable Bone Matrix has been linked directly to causing tuberculosis in its recipients. Patients who have received the implanted FiberCel tissue have developed symptoms and tested positive for tuberculosis.
The manufacturer, Aziyo Biologics Inc., has recalled the FiberCel product. This voluntary recall affects one lot of 154 units of the product, all of which were obtained from a single donor and shipped to medical facilities in 20 different states, including Indiana.
FiberCel Fiber Viable Bone Matrix is a product made from human tissue designed to assist in bone repair. It is primarily used in bone grafting associated with spinal surgeries.
If you believe you’ve been impacted by the FiberCel Viable Bone Matrix implantation, you should know about the potential symptoms, risks, and long-term effects of TB.
Tuberculosis is a communicable disease. Also known as “TB,” tuberculosis can be spread through the air by talking, coughing, sneezing, etc. When tuberculosis bacteria are breathed in, they can settle and grow in the lungs. Once caught, tuberculosis can be difficult to cure as it is very resistant to many drugs and medications prescribed to treat the bacteria.
It is estimated that nearly half of tuberculosis cases are fatal. Often, people are not immediately aware that they’ve been exposed to TB. Being aware of the symptoms and risks of TB is extremely important to catch and treat the infection early on.
Signs that you may have tuberculosis can include one or more of the following symptoms:
For those with TB, several risk factors have the potential to affect other aspects of your health.
Weakened immune system: If you have a weakened immune system, you may have a more difficult time fighting off tuberculosis as opposed to someone with a strong immune system.
Other factors: Additional factors that may impact an individual’s ability to fight off TB include the use of drugs and/or tobacco products, those working in healthcare, those living in areas where TB cases are naturally high, and those who live with a tuberculosis-infected person.
It is well-known that untreated tuberculosis cases can be fatal. If one survives TB, there may be long-lasting complications. Tuberculosis complications include but are not limited to:
If you are experiencing symptoms of TB, you should first seek medical attention. Tuberculosis is serious and can be fatal if not treated properly. If you or a loved one have had a procedure in which FiberCel Bone Matrix was used, you are urged to contact the legal team currently litigating this matter at Wilson Kehoe Winingham today.
The Indianapolis product liability and medical malpractice attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham can help you reach justice and gain the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a no-obligation case evaluation.
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