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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
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Depends on how severe the damage is.
MRI with contrast may show more.

In brief: Maybe

Depends on how severe the damage is.
MRI with contrast may show more.
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Dr. Adam Lewis
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