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What is a spinal tap ?

What is a spinal tap ?

A DIAGNOSTIC TEST: Spinal tap is a diagnostic test they make the patient lay on their side in fetus position knee bends and head down pushing the back out sometime they use sedation they clean the area of the lower back with anti septic solution they the injected the skin with numbing medicine, they place long needle in the spine to sample fluid to analyse it it is uncomfortable but not painfull. ...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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What medication is in a spinal tap?

What medication is in a spinal tap?

Lidocaine : No medicine is injected in the spinal canal in a diagnostic spinal tap. Small amounts of anesthetic are injected in the soft tissues to control local pain. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my spinal tap pain?

What is the cause of my spinal tap pain?

Spinal tap pain: Sometimes patients have a "spinal headache" following lumbar puncture ("spinal tap") because a small amount of fluid continues to leak from the site. In other patients, pain occurs because bleeding or infection has occured in the area. In any of these cases, it is exceedingly important to report these symptoms to your doctor so that you can be diagnosed and managed appropriately! ...Read more

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Why am I experiencing continuing pain from a spinal tap in 1998?

Something else: That is very unusual for a small puncture from a spinal tap to cause long lasting pain. There are usually other causes in the low back that can produce pain in the same area. A thorough evaluation is recommended to rule out other reasons for pain. ...Read more

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How is a spinal tap procedure done?

How is a spinal tap procedure done?

Carefully: Generally, the patient is placed on their side, the area in the lumbar region is then sterily cleaned. A local anesthetic is infused in the region of the planned procedure. Finally, a needle is introduced and advanced into the sub-arachnoid space till spinal fluid is encountered. Usually, an opening pressure is measured and spinal fluid is sent for analysis. ...Read more

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What can a spinal tap find besides ms?

What can a spinal tap find besides ms?

See below: Assesses infections, such as syphilis, occult cancers, such as meningeal carcinomatosis, level of inflammation, such as white cell counts, possible bleeding, such as aneurysms, changes in glucose levels, such as in thyroid or diabetic pts., alterations in central nervous system pressures, such as pseudo-tumor cerebri, or protein elevations, such as spinal cord compression, and immune markers, MS. ...Read more

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Did I have a botched spinal tap? Headache.

Did I have a botched spinal tap? Headache.

Maybe: Headache is common after a spinal tap, and is classically worse with sitting or standing up and better with lying down. While post-tap headache usually improves with time, fluids, and caffeine, it sometimes requires a procedure known as a blood patch to make it go away. ...Read more

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Common tests for leukemia involve spinal tap?

Common tests for leukemia involve spinal tap?

Leukemia/spinal tap: Several types of leukemia have a predilection for the spinal fluid. A lumbar puncture ("spinal tap") is performed to look for leukemic involvement of the spinal fluid and to give chemotherapy directly into this area, either as a preventive therapy or an actual treatment. ...Read more

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For how long do spinal tap side effects last?

Spinal taps: Usually the symptoms and of headache and back pain resolve fairly quickly, usually within 24 to 48 hours. If the symptoms seem to be worsening bed rest is the best treatment. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of a spinal tap last?

How long do the side effects of a spinal tap last?

Spinal tap: The most common complaint after a spinal tap is a headache. These commonly resolve within a day or two. The pain from the needle rather last longer than a day. ...Read more

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What should my daughter expect during a spinal tap?

What should my daughter expect during a spinal tap?

Spinal tap: This is painless. She will be given instructions post procedure that she should follow - like keep drinking fluids, no straining etc... ...Read more

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After microdiscectomy will a spinal tap affect back?

After microdiscectomy will a spinal tap affect back?

Likely Not: A lumbar microdiscectomy removes a portion of the herniated disc, a spinal tap removes fluid from csf. Unless your surgery was done recently, having a spinal tap done after a discectomy should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Is there any restrictions after a spinal tap procedure?

Is there any restrictions after a spinal tap procedure?

Yes: I would recommend decreased activity and try to lay flat for a few hours if possible. Hydration is key to helping prevent headaches from sitting up and having a slow leak of spinal fluid. Fortunately, the needle to do a spinal tap is very thin, so leak usually close on their own. Sometimes caffeine can help if you do develop a mild headache afterwards. ...Read more

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Does a spinal tap hurt either during or after the needle?

Spinal tap: While some people notice a brief pinch and some discomfort, most people don't find a spinal tap to be painful. ...Read more

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What can I do to get a spinal tap test when doctors refuse?

What can I do to get a spinal tap test when doctors refuse?

Lumbar puncture: I am not sure the doctors are refusing rather they likely they do not feel it useful for a diagnostic reason. Remember every test and especially a spinal tap has its own risk so the physician has to justified the risks versus the benefits and it appears the medical team feels the risks are higher than the benefits. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a post spinal tap headache for two weeks?

Is it normal to have a post spinal tap headache for two weeks?

Spinal tap: Post spinal tap headache is not uncommon. The headache usually gets better with time. By 10-15 days it should be gone. An epidural blood patch is usually used to treat this within about 3-4 days of the headaches and its about 99% effective. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my spinal tap , for MS came back negative?

What does it mean if my spinal tap , for MS came back negative?

NONSPECIFIC: Although spinal fluid analysis can help confirm the diagnosis, it is sometimes misleading. The best data involves oligoclonal bands, and these may be absent in 50% of early ms pts, and 25% in more advanced cases. If you do have ms, absence suggests more benign course. Suggest followup mri's over next few months, as changes can help diagnose. Meds are best started asap, follow doc's advice. ...Read more