Radiocontrast Nephropathy: Progress not Prevention

Author(s): Timothy J. Devine, Guy Lund, John S. Hammes, Amit Sharma

Journal Name: Current Cardiology Reviews

Volume 1 , Issue 2 , 2005

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Radiocontrast Nephropathy (RCN) is a well-known complication after the intravascular administration of contrast medium occurring in approximately 15% of all cases. RCN can potentially be prevented by identifying subjects with major and minor risk factors and administering preventive strategies. Pharmacologically, volume expansion with intravenous isotonic saline, N-acetylcysteine, and the use of low-osmolar contrast are the most proven prophylactic approaches. However, the weight of evidence is beginning to build for more novel protective measures, such as the use of iso-osmolar contrast, sodium bicarbonate infusion, and periprocedural hemofiltration. This comprehensive review provides the interventional community a practical treatment paradigm for patients at risk for RCN.

Keywords: acute renal failure, radiocontrast nephropathy, contrast media, n-acetylcysteine, fenoldopam, sodium bicarbonate

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Year: 2005
Page: [109 - 115]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1573403054021636
Price: $65

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