Evans Blue in pregnancy and breastfeeding

Evans Blue]]>

Risk Factor: C
Class: Diagnostic agents

Contents of this page:
Fetal Risk Summary
Breast Feeding Summary

Fetal Risk Summary

No reports linking the use of Evans blue with congenital defects have been located. The dye is teratogenic in some animal species (1). Evans blue has been injected intra-amniotically for diagnosis of ruptured membranes without apparent effect on the fetus except for temporary staining of the skin (2,3). The use of Evans blue during pregnancy for plasma volume determinations is routine (4,5,6,7 and 8). No problems in the fetus or newborn have been attributed to this use.

Breast Feeding Summary

No data are available.



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  4. Quinlivan WLG, Brock JA, Sullivan H. Blood volume changes and blood loss associated with labor. I. Correlation of changes in blood volume measured by I131-albumin and Evans blue dye, with measured blood loss. Am J Obstet Gynecol 1970;106:8439.
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