Arthrogramenparents arthrogram is a test done to look inside a joint for injuries or other problems.arthrography, radiologists, radiology, joints, arthrogram, arthrograms, medical imaging, joints, arthritis, arthropathies, arthropathy, gout10/31/201911/05/201911/05/2019Amy W. Anzilotti, MD11/01/20197938f5a2-66b4-4a89-a599-8787d1a74e77<h3>What Is an Arthrogram?</h3> <p>An arthrogram (AR-thruh-gram) is a test done to look inside a <a href="">joint</a> for injuries or other problems. It takes pictures that give doctors a view of the soft tissue in a joint, which a regular X-ray can't do. This helps them find the cause of problems like joint pain or swelling.</p> <p>Also called arthrography (ar-THROG-ruh-fee), it's usually done to check knee and shoulder joints. Sometimes doctors examine other joints, like the wrist, ankle, hip, or elbow. Less often, doctors do arthrograms to put medicine inside a joint to relieve pain.</p> <h3>How Are Arthrograms Done?</h3> <p>Radiologists (doctors who diagnose and treat problems using medical imaging) do arthrograms. The radiologist will:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Numb the skin around the joint.</li> <li>Put a thin needle into the joint.</li> <li>Inject contrast dye into the joint to help make the pictures clearer.&nbsp;</li> <li>Take X-rays of the joint in different positions.</li> </ul> <p>If an arthrography is done to give medicine, it's injected into the joint with the needle.</p> <p>Less often, radiologists use an ultrasound, fluoroscopy (a continuous type of X-ray that takes moving pictures), CT scan (a type of X-ray that takes very detailed pictures), or MRI to get the pictures rather than an X-ray.</p> <p>Sometimes doctors do an arthrogram during surgery. The pictures can help them make treatment decisions during the surgery.</p> <p>After the arthrogram, the radiologist looks at the pictures to get more information about the joint. When the test results are ready, your child's doctor will share them with you.</p> <h3>Why Are Arthrograms Done?</h3> <p>Doctors order arthrograms to diagnose and sometimes treat arthropathies. An arthropathy (ar-THROP-uh-thee) is a disease or condition that affects the joints, such as arthritis or gout. Things that can cause one include injuries, infection, autoimmune diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, and crystals forming in a joint.</p> <p>Some arthropathies, like <a href="">arthritis</a>, can affect almost any joint in the body. Others, such as gout or Charcot joint, usually affect the feet and ankles. Many joint problems are temporary and clear up within a few weeks. But some can last for years or never go away.</p> <p>Treatment may involve medicines or surgery, depending on the problem and its cause. In most cases, finding and treating the condition early can help prevent more joint damage and help a person live a normal life.</p> <h3>How Can Parents Help?</h3> <p>After the test, follow the doctor's instructions for:</p> <ul> <li>how long your child should rest the joint</li> <li>which activities are OK and which to avoid</li> <li>whether it's OK to bear weight on the joint</li> <li>if your child should limit movement of the joint</li> <li>when your child can return to school, sports, and other activities</li> </ul> <p>If your child has pain and the doctor says it's OK, you can give <a href="">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="">ibuprofen</a>. Follow the package directions for how much to give and how often. You also can put a cool compress (such as a washcloth soaked in cool water) on the joint.</p> <p>Your child's joint may make sounds when moved for the next 24&ndash;48 hours. This is from the contrast dye in the joint and is not a reason to worry.</p> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Call the doctor if your child has:</p> <ul> <li>redness or swelling around the joint</li> <li>a <a href="">fever</a> within 3 days of the arthrogram</li> <li>drainage or bleeding from the injection site that continues for more than 1 day</li> <li>pain that doesn't get better with acetaminophen or ibuprofen or goes on for more than 2 days</li> </ul>Artrografía Una artrografía es una prueba que se hace para observar el interior de una articulación en busca de lesiones y otros problemas.
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