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Aortic Dissection Linked to Fluoroquinolones Antibiotics

Studies show that fluoroquinolone antibiotics place patients at increased risk for aortic dissection. Patients may not have been warned about this potentially life-threatening side effect when they were prescribed these antibiotics. An aortic dissection is defined as a separation or tear in the layers of the aorta. Aortic dissection can be fatal.

What’s the Problem?

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are very commonly prescribed. They treat everything from urinary tract infections to bronchitis and more. Most people, however, don’t realize that the drug has potentially life-threatening side effects. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics can cause both aortic dissection and aortic aneurysms. Both conditions can cause severe internal bleeding.

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that patients taking fluoroquinolone antibiotics are twice as likely to experience aortic dissection than those not taking the drug.

What is an aortic dissection?

A serious condition, aortic dissections occur when there is a tear in the aortic layers. When tears extend around the wall of the aorta, blood can flow between the layers of the aorta. This can ultimately lead to aortic rupture or decreased blood flow to organs.

Aortic dissection doesn’t present many warning signs. Sudden, excruciating pain is the most common symptom to show up first in patients experiencing an aortic dissection. Symptoms include: sharp pains in the chest, shoulders and back, swallowing difficulties, nausea and sweating, anxiety, fainting, and rapid, weak pulse.

Do You Have A Case?

The Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC are currently investigating potential claims for anyone who has suffered an aortic aneurysm or aortic dissection after taking a fluoroquinolone antibiotic. We are also investigating claims related to the loss of a loved one due to these side effects. Contact our office to discuss your situation 877-544-5323.