Angiography is a procedure that allows doctors to look at blood vessels in great detail using X-rays. If the doctors identify a narrowed portion (stenosis) of a blood vessel during the angiography procedure, they may stretch or widen it straightaway using a procedure called an angioplasty. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about an angiography and angioplasty procedure, what it involves and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH have one.
What happens before the angiography?
What does angiography involve?
Are there any risks?
Are there any alternatives to angiography and angioplasty?
What happens afterwards?
- Your child starts bleeding from where the catheter was inserted. If bleeding happens, apply pressure to the area immediately.
- Your child is in a lot of pain and pain relief does not seem to help.
- The area where the catheter was inserted looks red, swollen and feels hotter than the surrounding skin.
- The leg where the catheter was inserted looks or feels different to the other leg.
- Your child is not drinking any fluids after the first day back at home.
Getting the results
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.