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July 26, 1965

Hazards of Glove Powder in Renal Angiography

Author Affiliations

From the departments of pathology and urology, Memorial Hospital, Danville. Va.

JAMA. 1965;193(4):304-305. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090040048018

RECENT REPORTS have shown that the use of a starch-derivative powder, instead of talc, for the hands and surgical gloves has not eliminated all the complications associated with the latter. Goodman et al1 reported that a commercial starchderivative, absorbable dusting powder (Bio-Sorb), frequently used on surgical gloves, is not inert and its use results in severe granulomatous lesions and adhesions in the abdominal cavity. Likewise, petechial hemorrhages of the face and retina are known to occur after carotid angiograms. This has been attributed to the contamination of contrast media and catheters by glove powder.2 Although serious consequences have not been reported, it is possible that damage to vital organs may be produced. We are not aware of similar reports in relation to renal angiography. This communication reports a case of petechiae and focal glomerulitis due to starch granules in a kidney removed 20 hours after renal angiography. Injection