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Intravenous Pyelogram

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

An intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray of your urinary system that uses a dye. The urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and the urethra. Ureters carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder. The urethra carries urine out of your bladder when you urinate.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Drink liquids as directed:

Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. Liquids will flush any remaining dye from your body through your urine.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to go over your IVP results. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever, chills, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe pain in your stomach, side, or back.
  • You are urinating less or not at all.
  • You have trouble breathing.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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