What precautions are used to reduce the risk of adverse reactions to contrast agents in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) imaging?

Updated: Dec 13, 2018
  • Author: Deborah A Baumgarten, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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If contrast enhancement is needed, actions can be taken to decrease the risk of an adverse reaction in patients with an allergy to iodinated contrast material. The patient can be premedicated with steroids and histamine blockers. Use of low-osmolar contrast may also help.

In patients who have had previous life-threatening reactions, the use of iodinated contrast material should be avoided.


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