Study affirms safety of adenosine test

June 1, 2006

Adenosine rest-stress perfusion may represent nearly half the imaging volume at some clinics, but due to safety questions some physicians are sticking with dobutamine for pharmacological stress testing.

 

Study affirms safety of adenosine test

By: James Brice

Adenosine rest-stress perfusion may represent nearly half the imaging volume at some clinics, but due to safety questions some physicians are sticking with dobutamine for pharmacological stress testing.

A study of adenosine safety conducted by researchers at St. Marien Hospital in Bonn, Germany, may put those concerns to rest. Dr. Karol Miszlaski-Jamka did record minor side effects, such as facial flushing and mild shortness of breath, in 81% of the 645 patients who underwent adenosine-stress contrast MR. But major side effects were limited, including 23 cases of transient high-degree atrioventricular block that resolved spontaneously, one case of severely increased blood pressure, and two instances of claustrophobia.

Study affirms safety . . .