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Oral fluorescein angiography: reassessment of its relative safety and evaluation of optimum conditions with use of capsules.
  1. A. P. Watson and
  2. E. S. Rosen
  1. District General Hospital, Southport, Merseyside.


    Injection of fluorescein intravenously for fundal angiography is associated with a high incidence of minor adverse effects (21%) but a very low incidence of serious (life threatening) reactions (0.05%). A serious reaction may occur without warning in a patient with no history of atopy. There are no reports of oral fluorescein causing a serious reaction, and minor adverse effects are uncommon. A study was undertaken to determine optimum conditions for oral fluorescein angiography. Capsules proved more convenient than a solution for ingestion of fluorescein. A dose of 25 mg/kg body weight produced good quality angiograms in 75% of the patients. The best pictures were obtained by photographing the fundus after 40 and 60 minutes.

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