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contraindication lumbar puncture

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Diagnostic test: A lumbar puncture is a test where a needle is inserted into the spinal canal to draw out a small amount of cerebral spinal fluid for diagnostic testin ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Mele
31 years experience Plastic Surgery
A diagnostic test.: A lumbar puncture usually refers to a procedure that removes a small amount of CSF from the sack that surrounds the spinal cord. It is also sometimes ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julian Bragg
16 years experience Neurology
Carefully :): Lp is typically performed in the office. You will lie on your side curled up into a tight ball. After sterilizing the area, local anesthetic is inje ... Read More
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Use of needle: A special needle is employed and the test can be done with/without fluoroscopic viewing, by inserting the needle just below the spinal cord ending in ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vikram Patel
36 years experience Pain Management
LP: Lumbar puncture these days is done for diagnostic as well as anesthetic purposes. The needles used now are pencil point and the anesthetic agents inje ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Lumbar puncture: The advice is mostly based on why the procedure was done. The key advice is to discuss with the physician why the procedure was done, were there any u ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Spinal tap: Needle inserted into lower back area into spinal canal to obtain spinal fluid for testing. Can evaluate possible infection, multiple sclerosis, vario ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Headache: It is common to experience a headache after an lp. Otherwise the effects are fairly minimal. The headache can be pretty bad, but they are very treat ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Mosley
23 years experience Neurology
May hit cord: Doing an LP too high up in the back risks hitting the spinal cord, which can damage the cord. It is best to do an LP below the level where the actual ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Mosley
23 years experience Neurology
Multiple: There are many potential reasons, but the most common are to see if there is an infection around the spinal cord/brain, rule out certain brain bleeds, ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Take it easy: Take it easy, drink plenty of fluid and try to do some walking. Any discomfort should resolve in a day or two. Good luck.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Yes.: The test is one of many used to diagnose ms. Even mris of the brain are not specific enough. The diagnosis is a compellation of tests including the ... Read More
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