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Blood In Spinal Tap Fluid
Not Drops: When collecting fluid during a lumbar puncture, we don't exactly count drops of fluid. Rather, we count CCs (cubic centimenters). Typically there are 4 tubes. We collect only 1-2 cc in the first and 2-6 in the rest. The amount collected depends on the purpose of the lumbar puncture. Decreasing fluid pressure, having enough fluid for many lab tests are 2 reasons to draw off larger amounts. ...Read more
Based on setting: During pregnancy, it is not unusual to see "debris" in the amniotic fluid during ultrasound. This is likely related to vernix - a cheesy substane produced by the baby. On the other hand, bloody amniotic fluid that is actually seen can be normal, or it can be a sign of a complication called placental abruption. In either case, this should be clarified by the ob/gyn involved. ...Read more
Where does a doctor puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain a person has a brain infection?
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What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?
Not the spinal cord: Lumbar puncture is done below the spinal cord itself, usually between 3rd and 4th or 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spinal cord ends at about first lumbar vertebra but the membranes containing cerebrospinal fluid extend below that. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lumbar-puncture/my00982. ...Read more
And: Many patients get immediate relief during the injection. We think this might be by compressing the dural sac. It merely a matter of pressure gradients. Make the pressure greater outside the leak and the leak slow down or stops. As long as your brain is making more CSF than lost, the headache stays away. For technically challenging patient anatomy, sometime fluroscopy is used to guide the procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not very dangerous : Performed very safely. At times it's performed with the aid of an imaging machine, but ordinarily in a treatment room. The spinal nerves are missed. Ocassionally a person may experience discomfort, paresthesias, nausea and a post spinal tap headache. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Cul-De-Sac: Inflammatory fluid in the peritoneal cavity collects in the cul-de-sac between the uterus and rectum in women and between the posterior of the bladder and the rectum in men. It is the continuation of the peritoneal lining in this most dependent of areas that allows fluid to collect there. ...Read more
Does HIV survive in blood if in tap water within the toilet bowl? Does tap water immediately kill the virus?
Mri showed excess fluid in hip joint. Needle aspiration as unable to obtain sample of fluid. Why and what does that mean?
Depends: A needle aspiration may not obtain any fluid if the needle was not adequately placed into the joint or if there is no fluid at the time of aspiration. Typically a hip joint aspiration is performed under fluoroscopy where needle placement is confirmed with injection of contrast medium (dye). For pediatric a hip aspiration may be performed under ultrasound guidance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My partner went in to hospital with sudden severe headaches, 2 failed lumbar punctures, 1 sucessfull, showed blood in spinal fluid which lead to CT and MRI scan, both clear, after lumbar puncture, can't urinate! pressure tested on bladder and detusor musc
Can MS lesions be just in spinal cord not brain or visa versa? Also does MS always show up in spinal fluid?
Good questions: MS lesions may either be in the brain or the spinal cord, or in both. Sometimes, rarely, they are not found in either location. Evidence does not always appear in the spinal fluid. These are not perfect tests, but in most cases, they will help give the answer. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Cells in the blood contain dna. Do DNA cells exist in other body fluids? Stool or stool fluid, reproductive fluid, lung fluid, spine fluid?
Abscess: The only things that live in the male pelvis are: 1) bladder and 2) rectum. There should be no fluid collection outside of the bladder (normal), but with gas in it, usually represents an abscess. This usually represents a perforation or fistula from the rectum, or post-operative leak after rectal surgery. Depending on the cause, the treatment can be drainage through the rectum or open surgery ...Read more
Can a spinal tap sittin up cause high CSF open pressure? They put a v.P in and now has edema along the cath line and slit ventricles. In for 10 yrs.
Must be lying: You can't measure opening pressure if the spinal tap is done while you're sitting up. ...Read more
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