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Pharmacotherapy. 2000 May;20(5):540-8.

Contrast medium-induced nephrotoxicity: pathophysiology and prevention.

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Department of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus 43210, USA.


Contrast medium-induced nephrotoxicity (CMN) is a common form of iatrogenic acute renal failure. Typically, patients experience changes in serum creatinine or creatinine clearance between 1 and 5 days after exposure to a contrast medium, but they rarely require dialysis. The mechanism for CMN is not understood, but renal insufficiency, dehydration, and congestive heart failure are risk factors. The frequency of CMN with high-osmolality versus low-osmolality media is controversial. Prophylaxis can reduce CMN. Of many different strategies, hydration with normal saline before and after exposure offers the best protection with the fewest adverse effects.

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