more controversy over whether sodium bicarbonate reduces kidney damage due to contrast dyes

There's more controversy over whether sodium bicarbonate reduces kidney damage due to contrast dyes.

Some tests require contrast dyes to help imaging...but these are a leading cause of acute kidney failure in hospitalized patients.

Giving IV sodium bicarb prior to contrast has become common practice for some clinicians. It's often combined with oral acetyl-cysteine to further reduce the risk.

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