Mar 03, 2013 - 1:02 pm
I realize that I am not alone in feeling anxiety the closer my CT scans approach. I think it is called scanxiety! I have had several CT scans with and without contrast of the chest/abdomen/pelvic since November 2011. I am now on the 6 months apart with the last one being in September 2012. After the scan in September several hours later I awoke with a rash all over and severe swelling of my entire face, ears, throat & tongue. I awoke my husband and we immediately headed to the emergency room. Final disgnosis was allergic reaction, cannot exclude CT dye reaction. This was first time I had a reaction to the CT scans after having several previously.
I am scheduled to have another CT scan w/ and without contrast in March and I can't forgot how frightening my previous experience was in Sept. Bad enough that I become anxious prior to the scans for obvious reasons but now I worry that I will once again have an allergic reaction. My urologist and oncologist prescribed prednisone & benadryl to take prior to and after the scan. Both have stressed that I need to have the dye (contrast) to get an accurate scan.
Has anyone on this board had a similar reaction and if so, any recommendations or additional information would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time and concern.
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