Myelopathy

Overview

Definition

This is an imaging test that uses a special contrast material to view the spinal cord. The contrast material used in the x-ray can help your doctor clearly outline the space containing the spinal cord and nerves.

Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

  • Headache
  • Short-term numbness of the legs or lower back pain
  • Allergic reaction to the contrast
  • Bleeding
  • Inflamed or infected spinal cord

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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RESOURCES

Know Your Back—North American Spine Society https://www.knowyourback.org 

Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons https://www.orthoinfo.org 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://coa-aco.org 

When it Hurts to Move—Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://whenithurtstomove.org 

References

Lumbar disk herniation. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:  http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T116077/Lumbar-disk-herniation . Updated September 6, 2017. Accessed December 18, 2017.

Lumbar spinal stenosis. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at:  http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114133/Lumbar-spinal-stenosis . Updated July 31, 2017. Accessed December 18, 2017.

Myelogram. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test%5Fprocedures/orthopaedic/myelogram%5F92,P07670. Accessed December 18, 2017.

Myelography. Radiology Info—Radiological Society of North America website. Available at: https://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=myelography&bhcp=1. Updated January 23, 2017. Accessed December 18, 2017