Massachusetts Medical Malpractice – Botox Injury
From the images on television and in movies of celebrities looking perfect and wrinkle–free after numerous Botox treatments, many people find it hard to believe that Botox carries several risks. Yet it’s very true. Botox is a name commonly used for botulinum toxin or botulism. Although it is the most toxic substance known to mankind, it is used medicinally in small doses to treat muscle spasms.
However, since its cosmetic effect was discovered in 1989, women (and men) inject it into their face for a young, fresher looking appearance. Botox formally passed tests and trials from the FDA in 2002, and was introduced as a way to reduce the frown lines that occur between the eyebrows as people age. At this time, Botox is used to reduce the appearance of the various fine lines of aging and deep–set wrinkles. Many patients swear by this procedure and are addicted to its results, receiving treatments every few months. In fact, as of 2007 Botox injections were the most popular cosmetic procedure with over 4.5 million in the United States. Yet, another percentage of the Botox population has suffered from devastating side effects and complications.
Botox can cause a host of medical conditions. The first of these Bell’s Palsy, which is nerve damage that leads to paralysis of the face. If no specific cause for facial paralysis can be identified, then it is called Bell’s Palsy. The victim will notice that her/his face starts to droop and the muscles lose movement. It is characterized by a quick onset, and often occurs overnight. The second condition is Guillain–Barre syndrome, which encompasses the weakness and paralysis of Bell’s Palsy, and is often accompanied by an infection. Guillain–Barre syndrome is actually one of the leading causes of paralysis without a traumatic injury. It is an autoimmune disease where the body produces an immune response to foreign antigens but targets at the host tissue incorrectly. The paralysis can spread to other parts of the body if not treated, and death may occur if the patient has other complications. There are six different types, and an early diagnosis is imperative so that the patient can receive the appropriate treatments. Other Botox conditions include: decreased tear production, impaired swallowing, long–term muscle pain, weakness and even death.
Treatment varies considerably on a case-by-case basis. For Bell’s Palsy, doctors can recommend steroids, anti–virals and therapy such as acupuncture. Early treatment, especially when steroids are being used, is necessary in order for the patient to have the greatest possible chance of recovery. Unfortunately, surgery is not very effective, although it can provide some help. Most people will recover over the course of three weeks, even if they do not receive treatment of any kind. However, some cases do not recover. Even in those who do recover, ongoing complications can include a loss of taste, pain and cornea problems. For Guillain–Barre, the patient must immediately be given plasma or immunoglobulins in order to make a full recovery. However, if the patient has complications, the treatment may not work.
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