Risperdal and Gynecomastia Diagnosis in Boys
Side effects of Risperdal have been responsible for the unnatural development of breasts among many boys and young men throughout the United States, often resulting in the diagnosis of a medical condition known as gynecomastia. These problems not only cause physical discomfort in the form of painful nipples, scarring and other issues, but often result in severe psychological effects on these young men.
The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are pursuing financial compensation for boys who have received a gynecomastia diagnosis after Risperdal use, or experienced symptoms of male breast growth that may have been caused by use of Risperdal as a child.
Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed with Gynecomastia or Breast Growth after Using Risperdal?
As a result of Johnson & Johnson’s failure to provide adequate warnings for consumers and the medical community about the potential link between Risperdal and gynecomastia, families have been deprived of the opportunity to make an informed decision about whether the risks associated with the medication were outweighed by the benefits provided.
In addition, as a result of the lack of information about this potential Risperdal risk, many children have experienced a delay in diagnosing and treating gynecomastia from Risperdal use.
In many cases, the symptoms of gynecomastia may be misdiagnosed as side effects of weight gain that is known to be caused by the medication. This incorrect diagnosis not only delays treatment, but may also increase the damaging psychological impact of the breast development.
Diagnosis of gynecomastia often involves the radiologic examination of the male breast tissue through ultrasonography or mammography. Examination of tissue attained by fine needle aspiration may also be done in some cases.
Depending on the severity of the breast growth, gynecomastia classifications may be diagnosed on the following scale:
- Grade I Gynecomastia Diagnosis: Minor breast growth, with no skin excess
- Grade II Gynecomastia Diagnosis: Moderate breast enlargement, with no skin excess
- Grade III Gynecomastia Diagnosis: Moderate breast enlargement, with skin excess
- Grade IV Gynecomastia Diagnosis: Marked breast development, with skin excess
Last year, researchers published a study in the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery which found that even a slight amount of breast growth associated with gynecomastia can lead to serious psychological effects.
Researchers found that gynecomastia can negatively affect social functioning, self-esteem and mental health. Because of the age of the victims, this comes at a time in their mental and social development where these problems can be particularly devastating.
Gynecomastia Lawsuits for Risperdal Users
As a result of Johnson & Johnson’s decision to place their desire for profits before the safety of consumers, by aggressively marketing Risperdal for use among young boys without adequate gynecomastia warnings, financial compensation may be available through a Risperdal settlement.
The gynecomastia lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. provide free and confidential case evaluations for families throughout the United States. There are never any out-of-pocket expenses to hire our law firm, and we receive no attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.
After reviewing what legal options are available, if it is determined that the child or young man may be entitled to financial compensation, it is your decision whether to hire our lawyers to pursue a gynecomastia lawsuit.