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Can a lumbar puncture paralyze me?

Can a lumbar puncture paralyze me?

Rarely: I have seen this happen twice in the span of my medical career, both instances in which the performing physician was not aware of the patients' use of blood thinners. Hematomas formed and extended upward from the "safe" levels of lumbar puncture up to the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Lumbar Puncture (Definition)

To test for meningitis or multiple sclerosis or a variety of problems, a small needle is inserted into the lumbosacral cistern to obtain spinal fluid for testing ...Read more


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How long can a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

How long can a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Days: Varies, but often can take a few days to completely go away. If the headaches are increasing or accompanied by other symptoms (stiffness, fever, neck pain, etc) you should see the physician that did the spinal sampling. It takes a bit of time to restore the volume of fluid drawn during that time headache (alone) are not uncommon. ...Read more

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What will happen during a lumbar puncture?

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. ...Read more

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How can I prepare for a lumbar puncture?

How can I prepare for a lumbar puncture?

Relax!: Simply said, your expectations and advice from others, regardless of how well they mean, can put a ton of stress and tension on you. A lumbar puncture is a fairly painless procedure. Staying as still as you can during and then laying down after are the two main things you should do. Otherwise, in experienced hands, the procedure is safe and fairly painless. ...Read more

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Spinal tap / lumbar puncture headache, is there anything i can do to relieve this?

Yes: Rest, fluids, caffeine, over the counter medications. If these do not work, a blood patch may be needed. This is where any anesthesiologist injects your own blood in the region of your lumbar puncture. The blood clots over the hole left from your lumbar puncture and your pressure rebuilds again. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what a spinal cord injury is?

Can you tell me what a spinal cord injury is?

Spinal cord injury: Is an injury to the actual cord of portions of neurons that extend from the base of your brain down the spinal canal and send the nerves to the rest of your body from the brain. The actual injury can be numerous mechanisms, from anything from trauma to infection to infarct, severing communication of some degree from your brain to the levels below the injury. ...Read more

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How much time does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

How much time does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Post LP Headache: Post lumbar puncture/spinal tap headaches last until the tiny hole in the dura seals. This can be years but is usually a day or 3. Typically, the cure is to lay flat for 24 hours to keep the pressure low and allow the tiny hole in the dura to heal which it almost always does. Lots of caffeine is helpful too. You may want to call your dr and ask about a blood patch. ...Read more

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How or where do Iget a blood patch ..I have a severe spinal headache post lumbar puncture?

How or where do Iget a blood patch ..I have a severe spinal headache post lumbar puncture?

Epid. Blood Patch: You should first contact the facility and department in which the lumbar puncture was performed and inform them of your symptoms. Most will advise you to venture into the emergency room for further evaluation and counseling regarding treatment of a "Post Dural Puncture Headache." Conservative medical management should be explained to you,as well as the process and risks involved in placing a patch ...Read more

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What is a spinal tap / lumbar puncture like?

Not bad: A small needle prick in the small of the back then some pressure and that is about it. ...Read more

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How do a lumbar puncture and a myelogram differ?

How do a lumbar puncture and a myelogram differ?

See below: A LP involves withdrawing cerebrospinal fluid for study. A myelogram involves injecting a special dye for evaluation of spinal pathology. The placement and location of the needle are the same for both procedures. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between a lumbar puncture and a myelogram?

Injection of dye: They both involve a needle being placed into the spinal canal. In a lp, cerebrospinal fluid is removed from the canal, while in a myelogram a dye is injected into the canal. This dye allows very clear imaging of the spinal cord and nerve roots. ...Read more

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Pain long after lumbar puncture, dr. listed "lumbosacral plexopathy", "lumbar puncture reaction". Did procedure cause perm damage, can DR be at fault?

Doubtful diagnosis: The lumbar plexus is nowhere near a lumbar puncture needle. This is likely the wrong code. Lumbar pain is rare after a lumbar puncture but not non-existent. Because it is rare, coding might be difficult and he probably just chose one that comes close. This is probably "mal-outcome" (expected potential side effect) rather than malpractice. ...Read more

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Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic from csection cause tarlov cysts? Also where do they put needle for spinal?

Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic from csection cause tarlov cysts? Also where do they put needle for spinal?

Tarlov cysts: Tarlov cysts are not known to be triggered by a dural puncture. For a spinal "tap" the needle is inserted at the level of l4-5 for surgical spinal anesthesia. It may be inserted higher for a myelogram (injecting the "x-ray dye" into the spinal fluid it may be inserted at higher levels. After about L2 level there is no spinal cord inside the spine - just the nerve roots so any approach higher than. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about a spinal fusion or hydromyelia?

Can you tell me about a spinal fusion or hydromyelia?

2 different things: Spinal fusion is fusion of two or more vertebrae by bone graft or metallic rods and screws. Fusion stops movement of unstable bones or can reduce curvature in scoliosis and prevent progression. Hydromyelia is abnormal widening of the central canal of the spinal cord that creates a cavity in which cerebrospinal fluid accumulates.As spinal fluid builds up pressure on the spinal cord and nerve cells ...Read more

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What can a doctor learn from a spinal MRI?

What can a doctor learn from a spinal MRI?

Packed full of info: A spinal MR is done to look at the spine and its surrounding structures. It is most commonly used in the work up of back pain, but it is also used to evaluate fractures, infections involving the vertebrae, tumors on or around the spine, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis that effect the myelination of the spine. ...Read more

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Can a person get cervical and thoracic spine pain after a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection?

Can a person get cervical and thoracic spine pain after a lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection?

Yes: It is not that common but can be seen. The pain should be transient and short lived. If worsening, accompanied by headaches, fevers, weakness in the extremities, the doctor should be notified immediately. ...Read more

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For how long does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

For how long does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Duration: It can last from two days to rarely a month, cured immediately most of the time with an epidural blood patch. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about a partial tethered spinal cord?

Can you tell me more about a partial tethered spinal cord?

Tethered spinal cord: A tethered spinal cord is a situation where the spinal is being held by a band, a lipoma or a tight cilium below its normal location. a "partially" tethered cord means the cord is abnormally low and a peds neurologist or neurosurgeon can determine if this is clinically significant. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

Refers to something related to the area about the lower part of the ...Read more