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Correspondence  |   December 2006
Contrast Imaging while Breast-feeding
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • William Camann, M.D.
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  • *Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   December 2006
Contrast Imaging while Breast-feeding
Anesthesiology 12 2006, Vol.105, 1277. doi:
Anesthesiology 12 2006, Vol.105, 1277. doi:
To the Editor:—
We read with interest the case report by Albertin et al.  1 regarding a spontaneous arachnoid postpartum leak and headache. In the case report, the authors state that the magnetic resonance imaging scanning was done without contrast because the patient was breast-feeding. However, current recommendations suggest that the use of radiographic contrast media is compatible with breast-feeding.2 Although the proper diagnosis was made in the case by Albertin et al.  , it is important for physicians to be aware of current recommendations regarding the safety of various medications during lactation to allow for optimal treatment options or, in this case, optimal imaging.
*Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
References
Albertin A, Marchetti C, Mamo D, Poli D, Dedola E: Intracranial hypotension: A case of spontaneous arachnoid rupture in a parturient. Anesthesiology 2006; 104:609–10Albertin, A Marchetti, C Mamo, D Poli, D Dedola, E
Webb JA, Thomsen HS, Morkos SK, members of Contrast Media Safety Committee of European Society of Urogenital Radiology: The use of iodinated and gadolinium contrast media during pregnancy and lactation. Eur Radiol 2005; 15:1234–40Webb, JA Thomsen, HS Morkos, SK members of Contrast Media Safety Committee of European Society of Urogenital Radiology,