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Complications from spinal tap

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Spinal Tap: Most common is headache & nausea, serious complications are extremely rare such as bleeding or infection or CSF leak.

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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurence Haber
35 years experience Neurology
HA: Typically headache that worsens upright and resolves horizontal or radicular nerve injury.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience Pediatrics
Commonly:: A headache is a common side effect of a lumbar puncture. One-third of people will develop a headache, usually within 24–48 hours of having the procedu ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
No.: Standard lab tests not likely to show anything. But the worst thing on my list would be infection which might show up as an elevated CRP or wbc. I ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Spinal tap: While some people notice a brief pinch and some discomfort, most people don't find a spinal tap to be painful.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Jenkins
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Invasive test: All invasive tests carry risks, but the conditions they are testing for (and sometimes treating) can be much worse than the test itself. I always mak ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Spinal Tap or: Lumbar puncture is a medical procedure to remove cerebrospinal fluid from your spine so that it can be evaluated in a lab.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Varies: This depends on how it is done and by the skill of the person doing it as well as whether there are significant degenerative changes present or a spin ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Lidocaine : No medicine is injected in the spinal canal in a diagnostic spinal tap. Small amounts of anesthetic are injected in the soft tissues to control local ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tung Nguyen
30 years experience Neurosurgery
Test is not perfect: Spinal tap looks at the cells, proteins, electrolytes and glucose levels in spinal fluid. Depending on the reasons for the test, some conditions are r ... Read More
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