BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2012.5919
  • Reminder of important clinical lesson

Previous iodinated contrast anaphylaxis in blunt abdominal trauma: management options

  1. Shahriar Raj Zaman
  1. Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shahriar Raj Zaman, raj.zaman{at}

A 34-year-old man presented with significant intra-abdominal and orthopaedic injuries following a high-speed motorbike crash. The man had a history of an anaphylactic reaction to iodine. As a result, the gold standard CT of the abdomen with contrast was unable to be performed to ascertain the exact nature of the intra-abdominal injuries. After stabilisation, an MRI of the abdomen was performed which localised the injuries. The previous contrast anaphylaxis delayed full assessment of the patient and subsequent management. This case discusses the current literature and the management guidelines in a patient with previous anaphylaxis to contrast.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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