Korean J Radiol.  2020 Nov;21(11):1230-1238. 10.3348/kjr.2019.0916.

Effects of Remote Ischemic Pre-Conditioning to Prevent Contrast-Induced Nephropathy after Intravenous Contrast Medium Injection: A Randomized Controlled Trial

  • 1Vascular Medicine Unit, Department of Radiology, University Hospital Pontchaillou, Rennes, France.
  • 2Department of Radiodology, Toulouse University Hospital, Toulouse, France.


We aimed to assess the effects of remote ischemic pre-conditioning (RIPC) on the incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) after an intravenous (IV) or intra-arterial injection of contrast medium (CM) in patient and control groups.
Materials and Methods
This prospective, randomized, single-blinded, controlled trial included 26 patients who were hospitalized for the evaluation of the feasibility of transcatheter aortic valve implantation and underwent investigations including contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT), with Mehran risk scores greater than or equal to six. All the patients underwent four cycles of five minute-blood pressure cuff inflation followed by five minutes of total deflation. In the RIPC group (n = 13), the cuff was inflated to 50 mm Hg above the patient’s systolic blood pressure (SBP); in the control group (n = 13), it was inflated to 10 mm Hg below the patient’s SBP. The primary endpoint was the occurrence of CIN. Additionally, variation in the serum levels of cystatin C was assessed.
One case of CIN was observed in the control group, whereas no cases were detected in the RIPC group (p = 0.48, analysis of 25 patients). Mean creatinine values at the baseline, 24 hours after injection of CM, and 48 hours after injection of CM were 88 ± 32 µmol/L, 91 ± 28 µmol/L and 82 ± 29 µmol/L, respectively (p = 0.73) in the RIPC group, whereas in the control group, they were 100 ± 36 µmol/L, 110 ± 36 µmol/L, and 105 ± 34 µmol/L, respectively (p = 0.78). Cystatin C values (median [Q1, Q3]) at the baseline, 24 hours after injection of CM, and 48 hours after injection of CM were 1.10 [1.08, 1.18] mg/L, 1.17 [0.97, 1.35] mg/L, and 1.12 [0.99, 1.24] mg/L, respectively (p = 0.88) in the RIPC group, whereas they were 1.11 [0.97, 1.28] mg/L, 1.13 [1.08, 1.25] mg/L, and 1.16 [1.03, 1.31] mg/L, respectively (p= 0.93), in the control group.
The risk of CIN after an IV injection of CM is very low in patients with Mehran risk score greater than or equal to six and even in the patients who are unable to receive preventive hyperhydration. Hence, the Mehran risk score may not be an appropriate method for the estimation of the risk of CIN after IV CM injection.


Nephropathy; Acute kidney injury; Contrast media; Ischemic preconditioning
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