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An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is a test that evaluates problems in the urinary tract. It is done with contrast dye and x-rays .
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An IVP is done to identify:
- The cause of blood in urine
- Kidney stones or bladder stones
- Damage to the urinary tract from injury or infection
- Other problems keeping the kidney or bladder from functioning normally
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.