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what are the complications of a having discogram?

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Dr. Chintan Sampat
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
See below: Discograms are controversial amongst spinal doctors because there is no great evidence to support or refute their use. Complications may include disc infection (called diskitis), spinal fluid leak with headaches, and accelerated premature degeneration of discs because of placing a needle into the disc during the procedure (which damages small parts of the disc).
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 36 years experience
See below: Complications include infection of the disc or related structures (meningitis, epidural abscess, osteomyelitis), dural puncture causing a post dural puncture headache, nerve damage, and skin infections such as cellulitis. Discuss with your doctor the incidence of each of the these complication to better weigh the risks and benefits of the procedure.

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