|Approximate amount of IV Contrast:
During your scan or procedure a dye was injected into your vein via a cannula (small flexible plastic tube). This was done to enhance your blood vessels and organs to aid our diagnosis.
On rare occasions the cannula may fail and cause the dye to leak into the surrounding tissues. This can occur due to a number of reasons, including fragile veins, dislodged cannula or difficult cannulation.
The affected limb may feel uncomfortable for several days.
We recommend the following action:
- Raise the affected limb and massage.
- Apply cold compression (such as an ice pack) for short periods of time.
- Monitor the affected area for signs of swelling (redness or heat).
- Take your usual pain relief (eg paracetamol) if needed.
- If symptoms become more severe or, on very rare occasions, the skin breaks seek medical advice from your GP.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like your feedback. If you wish to share your experience about your care and treatment or on behalf of a patient, please contact The Patient Experience Department who will advise you on how best to do this.
This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.