Study ends debate over best way to prevent acute kidney failure post angiogram

Medical Xpress| Sun Nov 12 22:56:17 EST 2017
Treatments commonly used to prevent acute kidney failure and its complications arising from common angiography procedures make no difference to health outcomes, a major new study has found. A team of international researchers studied the effectiveness of two common treatments used to prevent serious harm to patients undergoing angiography. The worldwide study published in the New England Journal of Medicine investigated the effects of sodium bicarbonate and -N-acetylcysteine and found that neither were any better than using saline alone. These treatments were thought to reduce the impact of the contrast agents used in angiography upon kidney function, having been studied and used for over 15..

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