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Do you inject a dye into the body for a myelogram? Where?

Do you inject a dye into the body for a myelogram? Where?

Spine: A tiny needle is used to inject radioopaque contrast dye into the lumbar spinal sac which is filled with spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Myelogram (Definition)

A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several ...Read more


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I am going to get a myelogram with full spinal fusion. I am worried that they won't be able to insert the needle correctly. Are there any risks in terms of the needle/dye and my hardware?

I am going to get a myelogram with full spinal fusion. I am worried that they won't be able to insert the needle correctly. Are there any risks in terms of the needle/dye and my hardware?

Myelogram: Prior surgery in the lumbar spine can create difficulties in needle placement if a myelogram is needed. Rather than attempting to locate a gap in the fusion to place the needle, an alternate approach is to perform a c1-2 puncture in the cervical spine and allow the contrast dye to travel downward from the neck. For a neurosurgeon, the technique is simple as the patient is kept upright not prone. ...Read more

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I had a severe reaction to the contrast dye used in a myelogram.I am having hallucinations and brain zap headaches & seizures. Will they ever stop?

I had a severe reaction to the contrast dye used in a myelogram.I am having hallucinations and brain zap headaches & seizures. Will they ever stop?

See your doctor: You should discuss your side effects with the doctor who ordered the procedure and the radiologist. They may have suggestions for you to reduce the symptoms. Try to rest. A short term trial of antipsychotic medication may help until the symptoms resolve. I see that you are also on depakote. You may need to have your dose increased. ...Read more

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What can I wear for a myelogram procedure?

What can I wear for a myelogram procedure?

Clothes: When an interventional radiology procedure, such as a myelogram, is performed, you will most likely be given a hospital gown to change into for the procedure. Afterwards, you should be able to wear regular clothing. ...Read more

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What is the reasoning for the different body position in myelogram post-procedure?

What is the reasoning for the different body position in myelogram post-procedure?

Prevent complication: A very common issue following a myelogram, is a postural headache, which is due to spinal fluid leaking via the needle entry point. Staying in supine posture will allow rent to close and stabilize ...Read more

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What can I do to prepare for a myelogram?

What can I do to prepare for a myelogram?

Drink fluids: Maybe ask the doctor if he could get the information with a different less invasive test such as an mri? If you have to get the myelogram ask for the most experienced radiologist. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a myelogram?

What are the side effects of a myelogram?

Risks: Any procedure has risk of infection, reaction to injectate, bleeding, nerve injury or paralysis. However, those risk are rare for this procedure. The most common side effect would be a spinal headache which is treatable and reversible if it occurs at all. ...Read more

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Why is it so important to hydrate before myelogram test?

Why is it so important to hydrate before myelogram test?

Renal clearance: Adequate hydration allows for safe clearance of the dye used in myelograms which is cleared by the kidneys. ...Read more

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