IV Contrast Extravasation in Radiation Oncology
Intravenous (IV) contrast has leaked under your skin at the injection site. This is rarely a serious problem. There are two things you can do to help decrease your chance of injury.
- Raise your arm above the level of the heart, as much as you can, until the swelling goes down.
- For the first 6 hours, apply light pressure to the swollen area for 1 minute every half hour or until the swelling goes down.
Swelling or redness of the IV site can last for 1 to 2 days. It is common to feel a dull ache at the site.
The contrast will slowly be absorbed back into your body. Your arm should return to normal within 2 to 3 days.
Call your doctor in the Radiation Oncology department if you notice any of these symptoms.
- Numbness or tingling in the affected hand or arm.
- Redness or streaks at the injection site.
- Blisters around the site.
- Pain that does not go away.
- Coolness of the lower arm or hand.
- Any increase in the size of your arm.
The Radiation Oncology is open, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The phone number is (608) 263-8500.
If it is after hours, a weekend, or a holiday, your call will be picked up by the paging operator. Ask for the Radiation Oncology doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live outside of the Madison area, call 1-800-323-8942.
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Last Updated: 01/17/2013
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