Intravenous Pyelogram

An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is a test that evaluates problems in the urinary tract. It is done with contrast dye and x-rays .

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if you have any concerns after the procedure. Call if you have any of the following symptoms:

    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Itching or skin rash
    • Shortness of breath

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is a test that evaluates problems in the urinary tract. It is done with contrast dye and
    x-rays
    .

    Anatomy of the Kidney
    Glomerulonephritis
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test

    An IVP is done to identify:

    • The cause of blood in urine
    • Tumors
    • Kidney stones
      or bladder stones

    • Damage to the urinary tract from injury or
      infection
    • Other problems keeping the kidney or bladder from functioning normally

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have an IVP, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Allergic reaction to the contrast material
    • Kidney failure

    Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Allergy to the iodine contrast dye
    • Blood disorders
    • Poor kidney function
    • Certain medicines

    Pregnant women should not have this test.