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how painful is a myleogram for someone who is in their 80's?

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Myelography is a test in which dye is injected into the spinal canal and the patient is then tilted in different directions on a special table, allowing dye to outline the spinal cord and nerve roots and to show areas of compression. Muleogram is the X-ray film of the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots and subarachnoid space. Myelography can demonstrate distortions of the spinal cord, the spinal canal within which it lies, and the spinal nerve roots connected to it.
The information that you are the most interested in is that this is relatively safe and painless procedure. A myelogram can accurately locate the disk or disks involved, and show whether disk tissue is pressing on nerves connected to the spinal cord. This information is especially important when surgical treatment is a possibility.After myelography you might get some headaches, and it is very rare that you will have some nerve injuries from the spinal needle. There is a very small risk that contrast material will block the spinal canal, probably making surgery necessary.
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