Treatment of the adverse effects of contrast media.


Although low-osmolar contrast media are relatively safe, a moderate non-life-threatening reaction requiring some treatment does occur in 0.2-0.4% of patients. A severe life-threatening reaction can be expected in 0.04% of patients. Prompt recognition and treatment are invaluable in blunting the adverse response of a patient to radiographic contrast material and may prevent the reaction from becoming severe or even life-threatening. Radiologists and their staff should review treatment protocols regularly so that each can play his/her role efficiently. Knowledge, training, and preparation are crucial for guaranteeing appropriate and effective therapy in the event of an adverse contrast-related event. On the basis of a review of the literature, we suggest a treatment protocol.


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@article{Thomsen1998TreatmentOT, title={Treatment of the adverse effects of contrast media.}, author={Henrik Segelcke Thomsen and William H. Bush}, journal={Acta radiologica}, year={1998}, volume={39 3}, pages={212-8} }