Journal of Hong Kong College of Radiologists

Volume 6 Number 1, 2003

Severe Arm Pain Preceding Life-threatening Reaction to Gadolinium - a Possible Warning Sign?

A Iqbal, CJ Roche
Department of Radiology, University College Hospital, Galway, Republic of Ireland

Gadolinium-based contrast agents are used in selected patients for further characterisation of lesions. These contrast agents are safe for the vast majority of patients, although various adverse reactions to these agents have been reported with relatively few life-threatening reactions, especially with Magnevist (gadopentetate dimeglumine 469 mg/ml). This report is of a patient with a life-threatening reaction to magnevist that was unusual in that the reaction was preceded by intense arm pain. (J HK Coll Radiol 2003;6:40-41)

Key Words: Contrast media, Gadolinium, Magnetic resonance imaging

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