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Computed Tomographic Scan

Computed Tomographic Scan Abstract To the Editor. —Most clinicians regard the computed tomographic (CT) scan an a noninvasive procedure involving only the risk of the radiation received. However, contrast medium is injected in the majority of examinations for enchancement, and this exposes the patient to all the risks of that substance. Seizures1 and acute renal failure2 have been reported secondary to CT scanning. Report of a Case. —A 26-year-old man had a CT scan of the retroperitoneal area for evaluation of lymph nodes after a testicular resection for cancer. Three hundred milliliters of 30% diatrizoate sodium was given as a bolus during the infusion to outline the inferior vena cava more clearly while the scan was being performed. The patient had no acute problems with this procedure, but, 48 hours later, he experienced acute superficial thrombophlebitis of the right greater saphenous vein. Forty-eight hours later, he had symptoms and laboratory results compatible References 1. Fischer HW: Occurrence of seizure during cranial computed tomography. Radiology 1980;137:563-564.Crossref 2. Robinson JS, Arzola DD, Moody RA: Acute renal failure following cerebral angiography and infusion computerized tomography. J Neurosurg 1980;52:111-112.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Internal Medicine American Medical Association

Computed Tomographic Scan

Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —Most clinicians regard the computed tomographic (CT) scan an a noninvasive procedure involving only the risk of the radiation received. However, contrast medium is injected in the majority of examinations for enchancement, and this exposes the patient to all the risks of that substance. Seizures1 and acute renal failure2 have been reported secondary to CT scanning. Report of a Case. —A 26-year-old man had a CT scan of the retroperitoneal area for...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1982 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-9926
eISSN
1538-3679
DOI
10.1001/archinte.1982.00340140202039
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Abstract

Abstract To the Editor. —Most clinicians regard the computed tomographic (CT) scan an a noninvasive procedure involving only the risk of the radiation received. However, contrast medium is injected in the majority of examinations for enchancement, and this exposes the patient to all the risks of that substance. Seizures1 and acute renal failure2 have been reported secondary to CT scanning. Report of a Case. —A 26-year-old man had a CT scan of the retroperitoneal area for evaluation of lymph nodes after a testicular resection for cancer. Three hundred milliliters of 30% diatrizoate sodium was given as a bolus during the infusion to outline the inferior vena cava more clearly while the scan was being performed. The patient had no acute problems with this procedure, but, 48 hours later, he experienced acute superficial thrombophlebitis of the right greater saphenous vein. Forty-eight hours later, he had symptoms and laboratory results compatible References 1. Fischer HW: Occurrence of seizure during cranial computed tomography. Radiology 1980;137:563-564.Crossref 2. Robinson JS, Arzola DD, Moody RA: Acute renal failure following cerebral angiography and infusion computerized tomography. J Neurosurg 1980;52:111-112.Crossref

Journal

Archives of Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 1, 1982

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