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

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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Myelogram (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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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What is the difference between spinal anethesia (for csection) and a lumbar puncture (for CSF testing)? Is one more painful then the other?

What is the difference between spinal anethesia (for csection) and a lumbar puncture (for CSF testing)? Is one more painful then the other?

No, they are the: same procedure and you are given local anesthesia prior in both. You might be able to receive sedation prior to CSF testing but probably not if pregnent ...Read more

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I'm really nervous about lumbar puncture, what can you tell me more about this?

Normal: It is perfectly normal to be nervous about this, but its a simple procedure. If your doctor is okay with it, ask to take a sedative just before the procedure. Local anesthetic in the back helps reduce any pain/discomfort associated with the procedure. ...Read more

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I must have a Lumbar Puncture. I do not have Insurance and must pay out of pocket. Can someone tell me how much this procedure will cost?

Depends on tests: The lumbar puncture kit itself costs about $50-100 retail (varies depending on the hospital / facility). But that is not the expensive part. After doing the lumbar puncture, fluid is commonly sent for different tests to help diagnose what is going on. The cost of the procedure depends on the type & number of tests. Some fancy tests - PCR for herpes virus, as an example, can run hundreds of dollars ...Read more

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I'm having lots of poison in my lower left back 4 weeks after a lumbar puncture. I've had a bulged disk in the past but it was on the right side.

R/O SPINAL TRAUMA: After a lumbar puncture, which may be done to evaluate for meningitis , encephalitis or MS. You may suffer from a severe spinal headache and/or pain at the puncture site. If this is the case you need to call your doctor and it may be remedied by a blood patch. If it was a difficult LP you may have a spinal cord hematoma. Either way you need a full exam blood work and a follow up MRI. ...Read more

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I had a lumbar puncture 7 hours ago and now I'm having somewhat severe back pain and I feel foggy. Is this normal?

I had a lumbar puncture 7 hours ago and now I'm having somewhat severe back pain and I feel foggy.  Is this normal?

Any headache?: #1 adverse effect of lumbar puncture is post-procedure headache, which is treated with lying flat and drinking lots of water besides the pain meds. Back pain where the LP was done, if persistent beyond 48 hrs, may indicate infection, but more likely nerve involvement during the procedure. Mental lethargy should not happen unless you had meningitis. Was meningitis what LP was done for? ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more


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