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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Contrast dye allergy
If someone is allergic to fish/shell fish, is a contrast dye procedure feasible? Thank you
The cross reactivity between the contrast material used to day for radiographic procedures does not cross react with shellfish. This is a misnomer that has been perpetuated for years.
Studies have shown that this is not a significant risk for a reaction. However, many physicians may elect to prophylactically treat with antihistamines and/or corticosteroids to protect against medical legal issues since the belief that contrast material and shellfish is imprinted in the general publics mind.
Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati