Contrast agent neurotoxicity presenting as subarachnoid hemorrhage

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Abstract

Article abstract

A patient developed signs, symptoms, and radiologic findings compatible with acute subarachnoid hemorrhage after receiving a large dose of heparin and intravascular contrast medium for coronary angiography and stent placement. Subsequent CT indicated the subarachnoid enhancement was due to contrast. Neurotoxicity from contrast agents is well-known, however this is an unusual report of toxicity mimicking subarachnoid hemorrhage clinically and radiologically.

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