Cerebral angiography - Risks
Vertebral angiogram; Angiography - head; Carotid angiogram
What the risks are:
There is the possibility of significant complications, including:
- Allergic reaction to the contrast dye
- Blood clot or bleeding at the needle stick site, which could partly block blood flow to the leg
- Damage to an artery or artery wall from the catheter, which can block blood flow and cause a stroke (rare)
Tell your health care provider immediately if you have:
- Facial weakness
- Numbness in your leg during or after the procedure
- Slurred speech
- Vision problems
- Reviewed last on: 11/22/2010
- Kevin Sheth, MD, Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Koenigsberg RA, Bianco BA, Faro SH, Stickles S, Hershey BL, Siegal TL, et al. Neuroimaging. In: Goetz, CG, eds. Textbook of Clinical Neurology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 23.
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