(Diskogram; Diskography; Discogram)
|Herniated Lumbar Disc|
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Reasons for Test
- Disc degeneration
- Nerve injury
- Injection of dye into the wrong area
- Allergic reaction to the contrast agent
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Physical exam and medical history
- Determine if you have any allergies
- Pregnancy test—this test is not usually needed on pregnant women
- Arrange for a ride home and for help when you return after your procedure
- Remove any metal objects from your body, such as jewelry, hearing aids, or dentures
Description of the Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Severe pain
- Numbness in your legs
- Trouble urinating or moving your bowels
- Symptoms of allergic reaction—hives, itching, nausea, swollen or itchy eyes, tight throat, or difficulty breathing
- Worsening of your symptoms
North American Spine Society http://www.spine.org
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.orthoinfo.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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Discography (discogram). Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=discography. Updated September 22, 2014. Accessed December 17, 2014.
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- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/03/2012 -