A 20-year-old male asked:
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is an exray of the spine and a spinal tap ok for testing for a spinal tumor? had both tests and results were normal

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Dr. Christina Lenk
27 years experience Neurology
No tumor: The best test to look for a spinal tumor is an MRI (usually with contrast). A spinal tap can look for cancer cells in the fluid, but only if that specific test is ordered. An xray really only looks at the bones, not the spine. If there was a bony abnormality, an xray would show it. If your doc ordered a spinal tap, he was probably looking for something like inflammation, not tumor. Good luck!
Answered on Feb 20, 2015
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