Maryland residents who had epidural spinal injections at 3 Harford County and Baltimore County hospitals and surgery centers may be at risk of developing a rare and possibly deadly fungal meningitis, and a warning has been posted from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.Two Maryland patients have already come down with the disease, and unfortunately one has died. The outbreak is part of a multi-state investigation of a meningitis outbreak. The Maryland Health Department has identified seven facilities that were administering Solumedrol (methylprednisolone acetate) from one specific manufacturer between July 30 and Sept. 28.They include seven local health care providers: Box Hill Surgery Center in Abingdon,Maryland, Harford County Ambulatory Surgery Center in Edgewood,Maryland, SurgCenter of Bel Air, Maryland,Greenspring Surgery Center of Baltimore,Maryland ,Pain Specialists of Towson, Maryland and Zion Ambulatory Center of Baltimore Maryland.As an experienced attorney I have reviewed many cases of Medical Malpractice and have completed same with favorable results.
The manufacturer of the infected medicine,New England Compounding Center of Framingham Mass. has voluntarily recalled the product.Baltimore Surgery Center spent the past few days desperately trying to provide information to patients who could be subject to developing symptoms of meningitis. The Doctor at the center said the disease is so rare that she has been in practice over 11 years and has yet to see a case of meningitis.The centers have had many patient calls and they are trying to address their concerns.They need to be diligent in checking their symptoms and come to an ER immediately if need be..Two cases have so far been identified in the state of Maryland, oand one patient has died.Maryland State health officials believe that possibly hundreds of patients might have received the infected injections at at least seven facilities, the majority of them in Baltimore. The state has ordered the facilities to remove the product and are required to notify patients that were potentially exposed from July 30 to Sept. 28.The meningitis outbreak was first identified when several patients in Tennessee developed stroke like or meningitis symptoms within a month of getting an epidural spinal injection combined with a steroid.Aspergillus meningitis was identified in only one of the patients, but no specific organism has yet been identified in the other .Meningitis can cause complications that include brain damage, seizures and hearing loss and can be fatal as well, depending on the type of meningitis.Symptoms can include high fever, severe headache,intense neck stiffness, extreme light sensitivity and nausea and vomiting. Stroke symptoms can include double vision, slurred speech, weakness on one or both sides of the body, and difficulty walking.If you or a loved one has been the victim of a Medical Malpractice contact me today or visit my offices in Rockville or Baltimore,