Local extravasation of intravenous contrast material

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“Local extravasation of intravenous contrast material is a relatively common complication that radiologists need to know about.“ Tardáguila de la Fuente et al (2014).

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Tardáguila de la Fuente, G., Santos Armentia, M.E. and Tardáguila Montero, F. (2014) The administration of intravenous contrast agents: Extravasations. Radiología. July 8th.[epub ahead of print]. [Article in English, Spanish].

Abstract:

Local extravasation of intravenous contrast material is a relatively common complication that radiologists need to know about. The risk of extravasation is greater in children, the elderly, and unconscious patients. Although most extravasations are mild and do not lead to further complications, some can result in severe lesions that require surgery, especially in cases that are associated with compartment syndrome. We describe the main characteristics of extravasations, comment on different treatments, and propose a protocol for dealing with them.

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