How to manage allergic reactions to contrast agent in pregnant patients

Amrita Sikka, Jaspreet K. Bisla, Priya V. Rajan, Laurie A. Chalifoux, Lori A. Goodhartz, Frank H. Miller, Vahid Yaghmai, Jeanne M. Horowitz*

*Corresponding author for this work

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OBJECTIVE. This article reviews optimal treatment of allergic reactions to iodinated contrast material in pregnant patients. Initial evaluation and treatment of a pregnant patient is similar to that for a nonpregnant patient. However, additional steps, including assessment for uterine cramping, using left uterine displacement to improve venous return, and maintaining blood pressure to ensure placental perfusion, may be required. CONCLUSION. Adequate preparation and a team approach will provide optimal care for a pregnant patient who has an allergic reaction to a contrast agent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2016


  • Allergic reaction
  • Computed tomography
  • Iodinated contrast
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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