Contrast Dye is a substance that is used in diagnostic testing to see the inside of the body more clearly. Contrast Dye helps to highlight and distinguish certain parts of the body from the surrounding tissue on a diagnostic image, which helps a radiologist make a more accurate diagnosis. Contrast Dye is used in many diagnostic tests such as CT scans and x-rays and is primarily composed of iodine and/or barium sulfate, or in the case of MRIs, gadolinium.
Among those patients who risk having an adverse reaction to contrast dye include patients with a history of asthma, cystic fibrosis, shellfish allergy, dehydration or constipation, habitual use of NSAIDs or beta blockers, heart disease, sickle cell, and renal disease.
An allergic reaction to contrast dye can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences. Among the known severe reactions to contrast dye are anaphylactic shock, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, convulsions, kidney failure, red or blue skin, and cardiac arrest.
It is critical that your healthcare provider obtain a detailed medical history before administering contrast dye to a patient. It is also critical that your healthcare provider advises you of the potential negative consequences to a patient of receiving contrast dye as well as any available alternatives for diagnostic imaging so that a patient can make an informed choice. It is also critical that your healthcare provider has a system in place for timely and appropriately responding to an adverse reaction to contrast dye. Any failure by your health care provider to follow these steps could constitute medical malpractice.
If you or a loved one have suffered serious injury or death as a result of an adverse reaction to contrast dye caused by medical malpractice in D.C. or Maryland, the lawyers at Cardaro & Peek can help.
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