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what is a spinal tap ?

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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.
Answered on Mar 5, 2014
Dr. M. Hytham Beck
42 years experience General Surgery
A DIAGNOSTIC TEST: Spinal tap is a diagnostic test they make the patient lay on their side in fetus position knee bends and head down pushing the back out sometime they use sedation they clean the area of the lower back with anti septic solution they the injected the skin with numbing medicine, they place long needle in the spine to sample fluid to analyse it it is uncomfortable but not painfull.
Answered on Apr 22, 2014
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Dr. Barry Handler
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Not bad: A small needle prick in the small of the back then some pressure and that is about it.
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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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No: It is not normal to feel tapping or twitching from your pacemaker. You should be evaluated by your doctor.
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