Navigation Links
Study: Before a CT scan or angiogram, many people should take inexpensive drug to protect kidneys
Date:2/18/2008

octor orders a CT scan, angiogram or angioplasty, and make sure they get a tablet of N-acetylcysteine beforehand.

And, since most kidney problems cause no symptoms, even healthy people might want to ask their doctors to test their blood creatinine levels before sending them for a scan.

Creatinine levels go up when the kidneys arent operating efficiently. Contrast-induced nephropathy is defined as a 25 percent or greater increase in creatinine within 48 hours of receiving contrast agent. The new study evaluated the impact of pre-scan medicines by looking at their impact on patients creatinine levels, as a surrogate for kidney function.

The problem of contrast-induced nephropathy is a relatively recent one a byproduct of the dramatic increase in the use of CT scans and X-ray guided procedures such as angioplasty.

The benefit of these scans is not in question: Intense X-rays can reveal valuable information about injuries, diseases, and patients response to treatment. Iodine-containing agents allow doctors to improve the scans even further, giving better contrast between the blood vessels and tissue, because X-rays are scattered differently by iodine. But as the iodine is carried by the blood to the kidneys, and filtered out into the urine, the iodine can upset the delicate balance that keeps the kidneys functioning.

In recent years, manufacturers of contrast agents have begun to offer different formulations that may pose less risk to patients kidneys. More expensive low-iodine and iodine-free agents are available to especially vulnerable patients, and to people who are allergic to iodine. But for everyone else, medical imaging specialists have tried to find ways to prevent the damage.

N-acetylcysteine is already widely used to clear mucus in cystic fibrosis patients, and to treat overdoses of acetaminophen. Its also being studied for other uses.

Tablets of prescription-strength N-acetylcysteine are i
'/>"/>

Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Study: When it comes to physical activity, one size does not fit all
2. U of I study: exercise to avoid gallstones!
3. Geisinger study: PTSD a medical warning sign for long-term health problems
4. Study: Brain connections strengthen during waking hours, weaken during sleep
5. New Study: Screening for Problem Drinking is One of the Most Cost-Effective Clinical Preventive Services
6. New study: US ranks last among other industrialized nations on preventable deaths
7. Study: Short sleep times in patients with chronic medical diagnoses linked to obesity
8. New Lancet Study: Tobacco Control Measures Are Effective and Affordable Strategies to Reduce Chronic Disease Deaths Globally
9. WHO Study: Night Shift Work May Cause Cancer
10. NCPA Study: Government, Insurers Keep Medicine in Stone Age
11. New Study: Health Insurance Mandates on Employers Hurt Low-Income Employees
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... ... classes. , Starting September 1st they are offering pre and postnatal ... and "Healthy Body, Healthy Baby." , More information can be found at 248-601-6683. ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2015 , ... Coast ... Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near Albertsons in the ... the opportunity to meet Dr. Ofelia Rivera and Dr. Jay Lopp. Call (760) 208-2518 ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... In an article published ... Reconstructive Surgery Global Open Journal that discusses the future of 3-D printing technology as ... the future, customized implants, prosthetics, and other 3-D printed tools could be used to ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... ... Program at Monmouth, was one of the first doctors in the area to ... this new approach have been impressive: faster recovery, decreased immediate and long-term pain, ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... Scotch Plains, NJ (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2015 , ... ... years as an “NJ Top Doc.” , At OSSMC, Dr. Kovatis treats all surgical ... general orthopedics and traumatic injuries to the entire musculoskeletal system, excluding the spine. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Discover How to Replace Missing Teeth, Reduce Cavities, and Restore Oral Health During Coast Dental’s Open House in Vista, CA on Sept. 5, 2015 2Health News:Discover How to Replace Missing Teeth, Reduce Cavities, and Restore Oral Health During Coast Dental’s Open House in Vista, CA on Sept. 5, 2015 3Health News:Recent Article on 3-D Printing Highlights the Future of Custom Medical Solutions Using the Technology, says Beverly Hills Physicians 2Health News:Recent Article on 3-D Printing Highlights the Future of Custom Medical Solutions Using the Technology, says Beverly Hills Physicians 3Health News:NJ Top Docs Presents, Dr. David L. Chalnick! 2Health News:NJ Top Docs Presents, Dr. David L. Chalnick! 3Health News:NJ Top Docs Presents, Dr. David L. Chalnick! 4Health News:NJ Top Docs Presents, Dr. Paul Kovatis of Orthopedic Spine & Sports Medicine Center on his Five Year Anniversary as an "NJ Top Doc" 2
... Since antiquity, people have been fascinated with larger-than-life characters, ... Looking at the legions of fans mourning the loss ... a modern phenomenon. But from the gods on Olympus ... Sinatra in the 1950s to Brad and Angelina today, ...
... Continues as Growth of Company Exemplifies the Best in Retirement Living ... demand for senior housing will outpace supply in the coming years. Couple ... the future of the senior housing industry looks very different than it ... Aegis Living, a national leader in ...
... June 26 The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,s ... mixed reviews for the quality of care they provide. ... no state does well or poorly on all quality measures. ... Services is also releasing state-by-state reports on the health care ...
... deadlier than a heart attack, experts say, with chances for ... star Michael Jackson probably did not die on Thursday of ... sudden cardiac arrest, experts say. , It,s not yet clear ... Angeles home, but that assumption has been made by many ...
... , , Employers demonstrated commitment to making employee health ... 26 HealthFitness (NYSE Amex: FIT ) today ... as "2009 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" by the National ... http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090122/CG61641LOGO ) , , According to the ...
... therapy, researchers say , FRIDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) ... are more likely to have a level of arterial ... blood pressure, a new study finds. , Arterial stiffness ... high blood pressure. , The study provides new insight ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:The Psychology of Celebrity Worship 2Health News:The Psychology of Celebrity Worship 3Health News:Aegis Living Was Created To Place People First in Senior and Assisted Living Communities 2Health News:Aegis Living Was Created To Place People First in Senior and Assisted Living Communities 3Health News:New Snapshots Show States Vary Widely in Providing Quality Health Care 2Health News:Jackson's Death Puts Spotlight on Sudden Cardiac Arrest 2Health News:Jackson's Death Puts Spotlight on Sudden Cardiac Arrest 3Health News:Several HealthFitness Clients Earn National Recognition for Employee Health Initiatives 2
(Date:8/31/2015)... August 31, 2015 ... OTCQX: BLGTY) ("BioLight" or the "Company"), a firm ... in ophthalmology and cancer diagnostics, today announced that ... has identified several new genetic markers with high ... patients treated with bisphosphonate drugs and was able ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... , Aug. 31, 2015  AMRI (NASDAQ: ... a strategic collaboration focused on the development, manufacture ... pharmaceutical ingredients, ("APIs"). The collaboration combines Saneca,s strength ... expertise in developing and manufacturing controlled substance APIs ... tech transfer processes into these facilities. The collaboration ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... and STAMFORD, Conn. , Aug. 31, ... Eisai Co., Ltd., and Purdue Pharma L.P. announced today ... for the development and commercialization of Eisai,s clinical candidate ... entering Phase III clinical development for the treatment of ... agreement, Eisai and Purdue Pharma will share the costs ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:BioLight Reports Positive Clinical Study Results for Identifying New Genetic Markers to Predict Risk of Developing BRONJ 2BioLight Reports Positive Clinical Study Results for Identifying New Genetic Markers to Predict Risk of Developing BRONJ 3BioLight Reports Positive Clinical Study Results for Identifying New Genetic Markers to Predict Risk of Developing BRONJ 4AMRI Announces Agreement with Saneca Pharmaceuticals, a.s. for Portfolio of Opium-Derived Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients 2AMRI Announces Agreement with Saneca Pharmaceuticals, a.s. for Portfolio of Opium-Derived Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients 3AMRI Announces Agreement with Saneca Pharmaceuticals, a.s. for Portfolio of Opium-Derived Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients 4Eisai and Purdue Pharma Enter Worldwide Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize Lemborexant 2Eisai and Purdue Pharma Enter Worldwide Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize Lemborexant 3Eisai and Purdue Pharma Enter Worldwide Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize Lemborexant 4Eisai and Purdue Pharma Enter Worldwide Collaboration to Develop and Commercialize Lemborexant 5
... 2011 SV Life Sciences ("SVLS") today announced the ... SVLS in early 2009 as Venture Partner. ... tremendous experience with large-scale medical technology businesses to our ... Managing Partner. "In doing so, Paul has underscored a ...
... BROOK, N.J., Jan. 6, 2011 The FDA,s nod to ... they have to address the problems of sexual dysfunction. "So ... of Semprae Laboratories, Inc. The announcement of the approval of ... Flibanserin. Dubbed the "pink pill," the female Viagra equivalent, many ...
Cached Medicine Technology:SV Life Sciences Promotes 30-Year MedTech Veteran Paul LaViolette to Partner 2SV Life Sciences Promotes 30-Year MedTech Veteran Paul LaViolette to Partner 3What About Us? The State of Women's Sexual Health in Question 2
The unique RF-1501 optical design provides exceptional sensitivity in an incredibly compact instrument....
The Fluoroskan Ascent, a dedicated microplate fluorometer, offers high sensitivity for a wide variety of fluorometric applications....
FlexStationII offers the highest level of flexibility in developing functional cellular assays and analyzing real time kinetic data....
... Modulus™ is a multifunctional ... to give you utmost ... luminescence, and absorbance. Modulus ... fluorometer, dedicated luminometer, or ...
Medicine Products: