Allergic Reactions to Gadolinium Chelates

Val M. Runge, M.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Investigative Radiology 

 “to date no prospective well-designed study has ever shown a significant difference in the reported adverse reaction rates among the available gadolinium chelates, either for nuisance reactions, such as headache or nausea, or for serious adverse events, such as anaphylaxis”

“the five gadolinium chelates currently on the U.S. market with extracellular distribution—in order of their FDA approval, Magnevist, ProHance, Omniscan (gadodiamide, GE Healthcare), OptiMARK, and MultiHance—cannot be differentiated on the basis of nausea, vomiting, or hives, the most common nuisance reactions”

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