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A 28-year-old female asked:

Would a nerve directly damaged by a spinal show up on mri without contrast or does only compressed or pinched nerves show up?

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Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
Pain Management 29 years experience
Maybe: Depends on how severe the damage is. MRI with contrast may show more.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Nerve injury: An MRI study will not show a damaged nerve after a lumbar puncture or spinal tap. It is not uncommon to have some nerve irritation from a spinal needle placed into the thecal sac. Fortunately, this pain will resolve.

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Last updated Jun 9, 2016

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