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leaking spinal tap

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jefferson Chen
33 years experience Neurosurgery
Difficult question: Not exactly sure of the history, but it seems that you are saying that you hear a thump in the ear when you bend or push. There was a 2 month history ... Read More
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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 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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience Hematology
Spinal tap pain: Sometimes patients have a "spinal headache" following lumbar puncture ("spinal tap") because a small amount of fluid continues to leak from the site. ... Read More
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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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Handler
31 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not bad: A small needle prick in the small of the back then some pressure and that is about it.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
3-5 cc: Usually routine analysis necessitates between 3 to 5 cc. This is about half a teaspoon to one teaspoon. Some conditions necessitate removing 2 teaspoo ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Likely Not: A lumbar microdiscectomy removes a portion of the herniated disc, a spinal tap removes fluid from csf. Unless your surgery was done recently, having a ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janice Wiesman
31 years experience Neurology
Small amount: Typically 1 to 2 tablespoons. If fluid needs to be sent for cytology - looking for abnormal cells, then more fluid is needed. You produce the fluid ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Chao
28 years experience Anesthesiology
Spinal stenosis: severe spinal stenosis can cause pain, sciatica symptoms. I don't think it can cut off your spinal column or block the spinal fluid that causes sever ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Same thing, different names.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
38 years experience Neurology
See below: A spinal tap headache is due to CSF leaking thru the puncture site in the dura following a spinal tap. Normally the puncture closes following the tap ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not the spinal cord: Lumbar puncture is done below the spinal cord itself, usually between 3rd and 4th or 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spinal cord ends at about first lum ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: Leaks from the nose or ear are fairly common after head trauma or surgical mishaps. They are often missed until a clever physician tests the fluid for ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Not dangerous: The most frequent problem might be a post-spinal tap headache when up and about, which can easily be reversed. The missing fluid is typically repleni ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathryn Ko
33 years experience Neurosurgery
No: but if may provide very useful information in the analysis of spinal fluid
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
same: They are the same.
A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Usually not: There is not likely a relationship between the remote episode of meningitis and the avm. Hope he does well.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
EXTREMELY RARE: Spinal tap is relatively complication-free other than occasional post LP headache, readily reversible with a blood patch. Bacterial meningitis a life ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Few days: Usually stop after few days, lay down that will help if the headache got bad go back to see your doctor.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
LP complications: When spinal tap is done, if difficult, you might have local external bruising, swelling, and tenderness. Rarely, a local infection could occur. Typi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Janet Roberto
35 years experience Family Medicine
Spinal Stenosis: Did a doctor explain to you the results or did you just obtain a copy? In general you have a protruding disc (not sure if neck or back) that is imping ... Read More
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