Certain Meds to Prevent Contrast Reaction May Do More Harm Than Good

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Patients who take preventative corticosteroid pills to prevent an allergic reaction to iodinated CT contrast may encounter more harm than good, suggests a new study published in Radiology. Researchers at the University of Michigan determined that those patients who took the medication only showed mild benefits and suffered adverse effects, such as a significantly longer median length of stay and a significantly greater risk of hospital-acquired infection. Further, these indirect harms translate to an additional hospital cost of $159,131 for each prevented reaction. 

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