Discography is an imaging test of the spine. It uses contrast material and x-ray.
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Reasons for Test
This test is done to find the cause of back pain, such as an abnormal disc. Discs are the small, circular cushions between the bones in the spine.
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
- Injury to nerves or blood vessels around the spine
- Allergic reaction to the contrast agent or anesthesia
What to Expect
Call Your Doctor
Call the doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
- Signs of infection, such as fever and chills
- Swelling or discharge from the injection site
- Pain that you cannot control with medicine
- Numbness or weakness in the legs
- Nausea or vomiting
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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- Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
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