A 46-year-old female asked:
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can lumbalpunction cause ha/pneumonia/ brain damage ?

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Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Lumbar puncture: Lumbar punctures can cause headaches from low cerebrospinal fluid pressure but this is usually temporary. Brain damage is a rare complication related to a large mass or pressure in the brain that can cause brain contents to herniate into the spinal canal or against the brainstem. Vomiting and aspirating after a lumbar puncture could lead to pneumonia.
Answered on Apr 23, 2016

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