Myelography
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Myelography?

This is an imaging test that uses a special contrast material to view the spinal cord. Along with an x-ray , the contrast material can help your doctor clearly outline the space containing the spinal cord and nerves. An x-ray is a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body.

This is used to detect problems in and around the spinal cord, such as:

  • Spinal tumors
  • Herniated disks
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal

Possible Complications

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

  • Headache
  • Allergic reaction to the contrast
  • Bleeding
  • Inflamed or infected spinal cord

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Headache lasting more than 24 hours
  • Excessive nausea or vomiting
  • Neck stiffness
  • Numbness in your legs
  • Trouble urinating or moving your bowels
  • Symptoms of allergic reaction (eg, hives , itching, nausea, swollen or itchy eyes, tight throat, difficulty breathing)
  • Worsening of your symptoms

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