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Should lumbar puncture be performed on my infant?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
It depends: A lumbar puncture (LP) or spinal tap is a method for obtaining a sample of cerebral spinal fluid (csf). CSF is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. An LP is usually done a part of a 'septic workup', in order to see if an ill person has meningitis. If your infant does have meningitis, it is important to know what is causing the infection and how best to treat that infection.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
If a physician has good reasons to perform it-go with it!
Apr 24, 2012
Dr. Yash Khanna
Dr. Yash Khanna commented
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Yes lumbar puncture can be perform on an infant for septic work up and rule out mengitis if indicated.
Apr 24, 2012
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Ask your doctor: Only your infant's doctor can determine this. If your doctor needs to diagnose an infection in your infant and has recommended a lumbar puncture, you should follow their advice.

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