Self-reported gadolinium toxicity: A survey of patients with chronic symptoms. - GreenMedInfo Summary
Self-reported gadolinium toxicity: A survey of patients with chronic symptoms.
Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Oct ;34(8):1078-80. Epub 2016 May 19. PMID: 27211256
Lauren M B Burke
PURPOSE: This study aims to describe the self-reporting symptoms experienced by individuals with self-reported normal renal function after gadolinium based contrast agent (GBCA) administration.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This HIPAA-compliant, IRB-approved study consisted of an anonymous online survey of patients who believe that they suffer from gadolinium toxicity. 50 respondents completed the nine-question survey.
RESULTS: Fifty (100%) of the subjects ascribed their complaints to gadolinium exposure. Thirty-three (66%) described the onset immediately following GBCA administration and 16 (32%) within 6weeks. The most common symptoms included bone/joint pain and head/neck symptoms including headache, vision change, and hearing change (77.6% each). Other symptoms occurred with lesser incidence.
CONCLUSIONS: This survey represents an initial description of patients with normal renal function who self-described toxicity related to GBCA administration. Bone and joint complaints and skin changes are two of the most common complaints.