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reasons to do spinal tap does a myelogram hurt?

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Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Lumbar puncture: The most common cause for a spinal tap is to get spinal fluid to analyze for infection and in some cases to look for tumor cells if that is suspected. A tap can be painful with the needle passage but that depends on the anatomy and skill of the person doing it.
Answered on Oct 12, 2017
Dr. Atif Haque
17 years experience Neurosurgery
Myelogram: The doctor performing your myelogram will most likely be using xray guidance and not just free-handing it on landmarks and feel. This should make it much faster and easier on you.
Answered on Jan 19, 2018
Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Spine evaluation: A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged.
Answered on Dec 6, 2017

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