A 32-year-old member asked:
what will monoclonal bands in a lumbar puncture mean?
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Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Monoclonal Bands: Oligoclonal bands are seen when a patient's blood or cerebrospinal fluid is analyzed. Each of the two to five oligoclonal bands represent proteins, although why exactly these bands are present, and which proteins these bands represent, has not yet been elucidated. Oligoclonal bands are present in 80-90% of patients and is an important indicator in the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Can a lumbar puncture paralyze me?
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A Verified Doctor answered
Rare: All procedures carry a risk. For that matter, driving your car is one of the riskiest things you do on a daily basis. Procedures, such as lumbar puncture, could cause bleeding or abscess formation, and could lead to paralysis. Usually there is a good reason to do it though.
A 21-year-old member asked:
What is a lumbar puncture?
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Family Medicine 31 years experience
Diagnostic test: A lumbar puncture is a test where a needle is inserted into the spinal canal to draw out a small amount of cerebral spinal fluid for diagnostic testing purposes, such as diagnosing meningitis.
A 24-year-old member asked:
What are the side effects of a lumbar puncture?
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Neurology 17 years experience
Headache, bleeding: The most common side effect of a lumbar puncture is headache due to the drop in cerebrospinal fluid pressure. This normally resolves in a few days with fluids and rest, but sometimes requires a second procedure called a blood patch before it resolves. Lp can also cause bleeding and infection, although these are much more rare.
A 38-year-old member asked:
What will happen during a lumbar puncture?
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Neurology 34 years experience
Lumbar puncture (LP): Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) bathes brain & spinal cord (cns). CSF may be abnormal in some diseases. In an lp, you are either on your side or sitting. Md feels lower back for interspace between 4th & 5th lumbar vertebrae, below end of cns. Lidocaine is injected. 3” hollow needle is inserted thru interspace & into sac holding CNS & csf. Md collects CSF (usually ~1 tsp) into 3-4 tubes. CSF sent to lab.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Why won't the doctor put me out for a lumbar puncture?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Neurology 24 years experience
Risks : Putting someone out (ie. Anesthetising them) carries some risk. Lumbar punctures are usually well tolerated with just using some local anesthetic (numbing medicine).
Last updated May 16, 2014
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