Updated Clinical Practice Guideline on Use of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents in Kidney Disease Issued by the Canadian Association of Radiologists.


Department of Medical Imaging, The Ottawa Hospital and The University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address: [Email]


In 2017, the Canadian Association of Radiologists issued a clinical practice guideline (CPG) regarding the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in patients with acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD), or on dialysis due to mounting evidence indicating that nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) occurs with extreme rarity or not at all when using Group II GBCAs or the Group III GBCA gadoxetic acid (compared to first generation Group I linear GBCAs). One of the goals of the work group was to re-evaluate the CPG after 24 months to determine the effect of more liberal use of GBCA on reported cases of NSF in patients with AKI, CKD Stage 4 or 5 (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR] < 30 mL/min/1.73 m2), or those that are dialysis-dependent. A comprehensive review of the literature was conducted by a subcommittee of the initial CPG panel between the dates of January 1, 2017-December 31, 2018 to identify new unconfounded cases of NSF linked to Group II or Group III GBCAs and an updated CPG developed. To our knowledge, when using a Group II or Group III GBCA between 2017-2018, only a single unconfounded case report of a fibrosing dermopathy has been reported in a patient who received gadobenate dimeglumine with Stage 2 CKD. No other unconfounded cases of NSF have been reported with Group II or III agents in during this timeframe. The subcommittee concluded that the main recommendations from the 2017 CPG should remain unaltered, but agreed that screening for renal disease in the outpatient setting is no longer justifiable, cost-effective or recommended. Patients on hemodialysis (HD) should, however, be identified prior to GBCA administration to arrange timely HD to optimize gadolinium clearance, although there remains no evidence that HD reduces the risk of NSF. When administering Group II or III GBCAs to patients with AKI, on dialysis or with severe CKD, informed consent relating to NSF is also no longer explicitly recommended.


Gadolinium based contrast agents,Kidney,Magnetic resonance imaging,Nephrogrenic systemic fibrosis,

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