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what is a spinal tap

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.

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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 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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Completelt different: Spinal tap is done by putting a needle to the lumbar( lower back area) spinal canal space- to obtain cerebro spinal fluid. Bone marrow aspiration is ... 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 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 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 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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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 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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