GranuFlo and NaturaLyte can elevate bicarbonate levels in the blood stream to dangerous heights when used during hemodialysis dialysis treatment. High bicarbonate levels place dialysis patients at an increased risk for severe side effects such as stroke, heart attack, and death.
Strokes occur when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted, preventing the brain from getting the oxygen and blood it needs to function. Strokes can result in permanent brain damage, impaired speech, and loss of mobility.
In March 2012, an FDA recall of all GranuFlo and NaturaLyte products occurred after Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) sent an internal memo highlighting the increased risk of stroke and heart attack caused by their products.
Additional GranuFlo and NaturaLyte side effects include heart attack, low blood pressure (hypotension), myocardial infarction, metabolic alkalosis, and cardiopulmonary arrest.
If you or a loved one experienced a stroke after receiving hemodialysis treatment with GranuFlo or NaturaLyte, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out our free contact form on the right of this page.