Are Kidney Problems Caused by CT Scans?
Posted on Mar 04, 2013
Our Raleigh medical malpractice lawyers received new research from The Mayo Clinic that shows a "rare" connection between persons who suffer acute kidney injuries and the use of contrast agents used in CT scans. The report analyzed a decade's worth of patient records.
The goal was to find a way to identify at-risk patients so that preventative measures could be taken whenever imaging tests are necessary. Instead, the findings underscored the reality: There are very few tools available today to determine a direct link between the imaging agents used in CT scans and those who experience nephropathy (problems with their kidneys caused by contrast). Those who have cardiac issues, the elderly, and patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing nephropathy.
Imaging agents used in CT scans are made up of an iodine contrast. In 2008, a University of Michigan study cited 1 in 4 at-risk patients will develop nephropathy. Now with the 2013 study from The Mayo Clinic, it is still uncertain how it will be possible for medical professionals to accurately identify the at-risk patients.
Over the years, some physicians have been inclined to prescribe kidney-protecting drugs prior to CT scans. These drugs did not offer significant protection, and in some cases, patients experienced greater damage. If you know someone who has suffered kidney damage due to a misdiagnosis, prescription error, or other negligence, contact our Raleigh medical malpractice lawyers. You can also request a copy of Brent Adams' book The Truth About Medical Malpractice Claims, which is free to all injured persons.