Sunday, October 25, 2009

What are the side effects of gadolinium?

I am going to rec an injection for an MRI. Just want to know how long it will stay in my system and what to expect while it is in my system, plus any side effects I should be aware of.
thank you.
Allergic reaction, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, a sensation of pain, a general feeling of warmth or coldness are the most frequently recorded reactions.However, there is emerging evidence of a rare, but serious systemic fibrosing disease called Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis/Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NSF/NFD). Per the FDA:Patients with moderate to end-stage kidney disease who receive gadolinium-based contrast agents are at risk for developing (NSF/NFD).
Nothing serious; ask the radiation techs for details. Gadolinium is used to improve the contrast in an MRI procedure.
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If I Remember Correctly, it Reduces the Local Magnetic Field, So Useful as a Contrast In MRI. Not Probable to Have Any Serious Side Effects, it does Not Normally Pass the Blood-Brain Barrier, but Haptenization of the Molecule Seems Possible, Making it Recognizable to Performed IgE, Allergic Reaction.
I have injected thousands of patients with Gadolinium for their MRI scans and never once had a patient experience an allergic reaction. I have also injected thousands of patients with non-ionic contrasts (used for CT scans) and seen a few reactions. Reactions to the CT contrasts are much more common than reactions from MRI contrasts. I have never had ONE patient experience nausea, vomiting or pain from Gad. Your kidneys (assuming they are functioning properly) will filter the Gad out of your system in the matter of a couple of hours. Other than a needle stick in a vein, usually located in your inner elbow, you will not know anyone has done anything to you.We have recently become aware of the dangers of using Gad with patient with kidney disorders. If you have a history of renal problems/failure, there are a few rare cases of Gad causing renal failure. If a patient has a history of renal problems, we ask they have a blood test to check their Creatinine and BUN levels. If those levels are normal, we will go ahead and use Gad if it is indicated.

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