Fluorescein angiography - Risks
Retinal photography; Eye angiography
What the risks are:
There is a slight chance of infection any time the skin is broken. Rarely, a person is hypersensitive to the dye and may experience:
- Dizziness or faintness
- Dry mouth or increased salivation
- Increased heart rate
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Nausea and vomiting
Serious allergic reactions are rare.
Your urine will be darker, and possibly orange in color, for a day or two after the test.
The test results are harder to interpret in people with cataracts.
- Reviewed last on: 7/28/2010
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Franklin W. Lusby, MD, Ophthalmologist, Lusby Vision Institute, La Jolla, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Maguire JI, Federman JL. Intravenous fluorescein angiography. In: Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Duane’s Ophthalmology. 15th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009:chap 44.
Ciardella AP, Kaufman SR, Yannuzzi LA. The use of fluorescein angiography in acquired macular diseases. In: Tasman W, Jaeger EA, eds. Foundations of Clinical Ophthalmology. 15th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009:chap 113F.
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