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Ethnic variation in fluorescein angiography induced nausea and vomiting

McLauchlan, R., Waterman, Heather, Waterman, C., Hillier, V. and Dodd, C. 2001. Ethnic variation in fluorescein angiography induced nausea and vomiting. Eye -London- Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom then Royal College of Ophthalmologists- 15 , pp. 159-162. 10.1038/eye.2001.52

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Purpose A prospective survey was undertaken to investigate ethnic variations in the frequency of nausea and vomiting after fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA). Method Between May and September 1998, 197 adult patients were recruited to the study. A questionnaire containing closed-ended questions was completed by nurses after each FFA and a questionnaire was given to patients to complete 5 hours after the procedure at home. Patients' anxiety level was measured before FFA using a 5-item ordinal response scale. Results Results indicate that patients from black, Asian, Chino-Asian and mixed ethnic origins are significantly more likely to vomit and feel nauseous immediately after the administration of fluorescein dye. Patients with a history of nausea after FFA are significantly more likely to feel nauseous again after repeat FFA. Conclusion Ethnic origin and a previous history of nausea and vomiting appear to be important factors in FFA-induced nausea and vomiting. The results of this study have led the investigators to develop a protocol for the prophylactic treatment of nausea and vomiting following FFA.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0950-222X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:20

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