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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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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