Abstract Title:

Self-reported gadolinium toxicity: A survey of patients with chronic symptoms.

Abstract Source:

Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Oct ;34(8):1078-80. Epub 2016 May 19. PMID: 27211256

Abstract Author(s):

Lauren M B Burke, Miguel Ramalho, Mamdoh AlObaidy, Emily Chang, Michael Jay, Richard C Semelka

Article Affiliation:

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.

Study Type : Human: Case Report
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Problem Substances : Gadolinium : CK(1) : AC(1)

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