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What are the known risks and benefits of having a myelogram?

What are the known risks and benefits of having a myelogram?

Spine imaging: Myleogram is usually done in conjunction with a ct scan when a MRI may not be indicated such as with a pacemaker, certain metal implanst like aneurysm clips or with very obese patients or even when prior spinal implants make it hard to obtain a clear MRI image. It is an invasive procedure with a contrast material that may cause an allergic reaction, a spinal headache. ...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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Having myelogram but not stopping use of tramadol due to severe withdrawals w/ drs consent. How high is seizure risk? Monitored for 6 hrs after

Having myelogram but not stopping use of tramadol due to severe withdrawals w/ drs consent. How high is seizure risk? Monitored for 6 hrs after

Need better meds: Seizure risk has always been low with myelogram and tramadol. The risk is even lower today with use of newer contrast agents. Tramadol can lower the seizure threshold, usually at 300 mg or more per day. Risk increases in those with history of prior seizures. This may be a good time to transition to burprenorphine as it will control your withdrawals, your pain, and not lower the seizure threshold. ...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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How long does it usually take to do a myelogram?

About 2 hours: Most myelograms are performed in a radiology facility by a radiologist trained in interventional procedures. The procedure may involve a tilting radiology table, in order to investigate the flow of the injected dye. This procedure often includes a post-myelogram ct scan, allowing the radiologist to obtain information similar to that of a MRI scan. ...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 should I expect during my myelogram?

What should I expect during my myelogram?

No worries : 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 hours and be discharged. ...Read more

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What should I expect right after a myelogram?

Usually nothing: With modern techniques and the tiny needles, headaches are very rare. You really should not expect any side effects. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: myelogram?

What is the definition or description of: myelogram?

Spine evaluation: 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 hours and be discharged. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a myelogram?

What can I expect during a myelogram?

No worries : 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 hours and be discharged. ...Read more

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