Complications of cerebral angiography: prospective assessment of risk

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1984 Feb;142(2):247-53. doi: 10.2214/ajr.142.2.247.


A prospective study of 1,517 consecutive cerebral angiographic examinations is reported. The incidence of all complications was 8.5%, and the incidence of all neurologic complications was 2.6%. The overall incidence of permanent neurologic deficit was 0.33%. The incidence of permanent neurologic deficit in patients referred for evaluation of symptomatic cerebrovascular disease was 0.63%. Older age, increased serum creatinine concentration, and the use of more than one catheter all were significantly associated with serious neurologic complications. Although patients with a recent stroke or frequent transient ischemic attacks had a higher incidence of serious neurologic complications, this increase was not statistically significant for this sample.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aphasia / etiology
  • Blindness / etiology
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Catheterization / adverse effects
  • Cerebral Angiography / adverse effects*
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / diagnostic imaging
  • Child
  • Creatinine / blood
  • Female
  • Hematoma / etiology
  • Hemiplegia / etiology
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging
  • Time Factors


  • Creatinine