What Is CIN?

Contrast Induced Nephropathy (CIN) is a form of kidney damage caused by the harmful effects of dye used to X-ray blood vessels during heart and peripheral vascular procedures. The dye is toxic and can reduce the blood flow in kidneys, which can lead to serious patient complications.

The dye can generally be tolerated in patients with normal kidney function. However, patients with poor or non-functioning kidneys may suffer from rapidly declining health, poor quality of life, and significantly shortened life expectancy.

Potential Consequences of CIN:

  • Irreversible damage to the kidneys
  • Longer hospitalization
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Long-term dialysis
  • Rapidly declining health
  • High risk of death