Transient contrast encephalopathy after carotid angiography mimicking diffuse subarachnoid haemorrhage
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- Potsi, S., Chourmouzi, D., Moumtzouoglou, A. et al. Neurol Sci (2012) 33: 445. doi:10.1007/s10072-011-0765-3
Neurotoxicity caused by intraarterial injection of low-dose low osmolar, iodinated contrast agents during radiologic studies is an extremely rare adverse event. Contrast medium induced disruption of the blood–brain barrier and a direct neurotoxic effect by contrast media have been proposed as a potential mechanism of neurotoxicity. This report describes an unusual case of transient neurotoxicity following diagnostic angiography mimicking clinically and radiologically subarachnoid hemorrhage. The patient recovered without any intervention after 4 days of conservative treatment.