A discogram is an invasive procedure and does have some risks.
Rare complications include but are not limited to, bleeding, infection, nerve damage and headache. Discitis, or an infection of the disc, is also a potential complication. If this occurs patients may need to have the infected disc removed and will need to be treated with intravenous antibiotics.
To minimize complications, the procedure is done under sterile conditions and we inject the disc with an antibiotic after the procedure. Your child will also receive a dose of intravenous antibiotics prior to the procedure.