GI Tract Perforations
Written by Faith Anderson on March 23, 2011
Causes of GI Tract Perforations
Although there are a number of factors which may contribute to the development of gastrointestinal perforations, recent studies have discovered a direct connection between the use of certain pharmaceutical medications, namely anti-cancer drugs, and this condition. These drugs, when used in combination with chemotherapy, are believed to either damage the structure of gastrointestinal vasculature, which can result in perforation, or prevent the healing of gastrointestinal ulcers, which may develop into perforations.
Individuals suffering from gastrointestinal perforation almost always require emergency surgery to close the perforations. Some patients may be treated with intravenous fluids, antibiotics and bowel rest. Unfortunately, GI tract perforation has a high mortality rate, depending on the severity and cause of the condition. If the perforations were caused by a medication, use of the drug should be terminated immediately and permanently.
GI Tract Legal Options
Gastrointestinal perforations present a significant danger to affected individuals, potentially resulting in severe complications and even death. Unfortunately, this condition is commonly caused by the use of certain pharmaceutical medications, and victims of serious injury resulting from the use of defective drugs are not at fault. Drug manufacturing companies are responsible for the safety of their medications and should be held accountable for injuries sustained by consumers who take their drugs. Many cases of pharmaceutical injuies have led to defective drug lawsuits, some of which have awarded millions of dollars to injury victims. If you or a loved one has suffered from gastrointestinal perforations and you believe pharmaceutical medications to be the cause, you should contact a defective drug attorney to represent your case. Qualified defective drug lawyers have the experience and knowledge necessary to defend your rights and help you collect the compensation you are entitled to.