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Intravenous Pyelogram
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Intravenous Pyelogram?

An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is a test that evaluates problems in the urinary tract. It is done with contrast dye and x-rays .

The Male Urinary System
The Male Urinary System
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An IVP is done to identify:

  • The cause of blood in urine
  • Tumors
  • Kidney stones or bladder stones
  • Damage to the urinary tract from injury or infection
  • Other problems keeping the kidney or bladder from functioning normally

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an IVP, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Allergic reaction to the contrast material
  • Kidney failure

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Allergy to contrast dye (eg, iodine)
  • Blood disorders
  • Poor kidney function
  • Taking certain medicines

Pregnant women should not have this test.

Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have any concerns after the procedure. Call if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Itching or skin rash
  • Shortness of breath

In case of emergency, call 911.