Angiogram: Caring for your child at home after the procedure

Your child has had an angiogram. This brochure explains how to care for your child at home after the procedure, and when to call for help.

When to see a doctor 

Call your child's doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department right away if your child has any of the following:

  • fever greater than 38°C (100.4°F)
  • throwing up (vomiting) three times or more
  • severe pain where the catheter was inserted
  • bleeding or swelling around the groin
  • a growing bruise around the groin
  • change in the colour or temperature of the foot or hand on the side of the body where the catheter was inserted - for example, if the foot or hand turns a pale blue or is cool to touch

Dressing care

If your child has a dressing or bandage on, you can remove it after 24 hours.

Bathing

Your child may have a bath or shower the day after the angiogram. By this time, the dressing may be taken off, and the catheter entry site may be gently washed with soap and water.

Meals

If your child is feeling well enough after the anaesthetic, they can return to eating what they normally eat. It is also important to encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids for 48 hours after the procedure.

Pain relief

If needed, give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for pain. Do not give your child any medicines that will thin the blood, such as ASA (Aspirin®) or ibuprofen (Advil® or Motrin®), without checking with a nurse or your child's doctor first.

Activity

After the angiogram, your child will need to stay relaxed and comfortable. They will need to stay home from school or day care, and avoid any physical activity for 24 hours. Your child may go back to school 48 hours after the angiogram. Also, your child will need to avoid playing sports (gym, riding a bike, playing in the park) for at least seven days after the angiogram. If you require a note excusing your child from any school or sport activity, your child's doctor can provide one for you.

Radiation

  • Your child's procedure required the use of X-rays.
  • Radiation side-effects are extremely unlikely, but can occur.
  • Please check your child's skin in the area of the procedure for signs of redness or rash 2-4 weeks from today. Please call (416) 813-6054 and ask to speak to an IGT clinic nurse if this occurs.

Key points

  • If your child has a fever over 38°C (100.4°F), a change in the color of their limb, growing bruise in the groin, throwing up that does not stop or severe pain call her doctor or go to the nearest emergency department.
  • Remove your child's bandage after 24 hours.
  • Gently wash the catheter entry site with soap and water.
  • Give your child acetaminophen​ (Tylenol®) for pain.
  • Your child should avoid any physical activity for seven days after the angiogram​.

Joao Amaral, MD

Candice Sockett, RN(EC), MN:APN

3/27/2013

    At SickKids:

    If you have any concerns in the first 48 hours, call the IGT clinic during working hours at (416) 813-6054 and ask to speak to an IGT nurse. If you have concerns and it is after working hours, see your family doctor or go to the nearest Emergency Department or call the Hospital for Sick Children switchboard at (416) 813-1500 and ask them to page your specialist or the interventional radiologist on call.




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