It was something to be shared, I got this from my blog’s comment form, for the entry ‘MH series 0003’ and I would like to add up something. Here it goes, from dinousar :)
“totally agree :) I went for nose scanning-CT Scan. the procedure require patient to swallow 10 tabs corticosteroid, 12hrs b4 and 12 hrs after for patient having history of allergy. prophylaxis of corticosteroids only needed for scanning procedures which need contrast. Based on my experience, I know CT scan for nose didn't need contrast. Having background of pharmacy, I don’t want to experience unnecessary adverse effect of corticosteroids so I lied about my history and successfully avoid the unnecessary procedure. :) “
1) Prophylaxis = an advance guard or a measure taken for the prevention of a disease or condition.
2) Corticosteroid = have great potential in the treatment of a variety of conditions, from rashes to lupus to asthma. But corticosteroids also carry a risk of side effects. It was use to avoid allergy reaction due to the usage of contrast media on patient with history of allergy. Prednisolone also could be use.
Alhamdulillah this patient has the background knowledge. Corticosteroid only should be given to patient with history of allergy, itupun if there's a usage of contrast media during the CT scanning. If it is just a plain CT, the need for corticosteroid is not arise. Corticosteroid will give side effects, thus if it is not necessary, please don't give extra harm to patients.