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CDC urges doctors to remain vigilant for fungal infections in patients who received tainted steroid shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care professionals to use continued vigilance for fungal infections among patients who received contaminated steroid shots from New England Compounding Center (NECC). The CDC continues to receive new reports of fungal infection among patients who were given injections of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) from NECC. The fungal infections are part of the deadly multistate fungal meningitis outbreak that, to date, has killed 48 people and sickened at least 720 with meningitis, spinal infections, strokes and peripheral joint infections. All patients received steroid shots for back or joint pain that ... Read More

CDC issues health alert about spinal, paraspinal infections from tainted steroid shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that health care professionals consider obtaining an MRI with contrast of the injection site in patients who received steroid shots from recalled lots tied to the deadly multistate fungal meningitis outbreak who also have persistent pain – even if it is consistent with pain they were experiencing before receiving the shots. The reason, the CDC said in a health alert issued this week, is that the patient may be suffering from spinal or paraspinal infections that are subtle and difficult to distinguish from the patient’s baseline chronic pain. The recommendation ... Read More

CDC warns of new fungal infections related to contaminated steroid shots

Health departments across the country are once again contacting people who received steroid shots from contaminated lots that triggered a deadly multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak. This time they are asking patients to be on the lookout for signs of infection where they received the injections, or other unusual symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that even patients who have dodged fungal infections in their joints, brains or spinal cords are still at risk of fungal infections. Patients who received the steroid shots are being asked to seek medical attention immediately if they experience any increased pain ... Read More

Contaminated steroid shots now causing new health problem in patients

The contaminated steroid shots from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy blamed in the deadly multistate fungal meningitis outbreak are now causing a new health problem. Some of the patients who have received the tainted shots have developed an infection known as an epidural abscess near the spine where the drug was injected. The abscesses are localized infections, unlike meningitis, which is an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. However, many patients who developed the abscesses have had to be hospitalized and some had to undergo surgery. If left untreated, epidural abscesses could progress to meningitis. Some patients ... Read More