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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 can be cause pain in lower back and abdomen on left side and coccyx pain after sitting for too long?

Don't Assume: Could be one of many things. Most likely it is what is called myofascial/musculoskeletal which should be reassuring. The fact that it hurts with sitting only is reassuring that more sinister issues not likely. However, the abbominal pain is a bit concerning with the back pain. Female issues, bowel issues and renal issues need to be ruled out. Your primary physician would be a good start. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture cause a tear in the ligaments/muscles in back and cause ongoing pain?

Can a lumbar puncture cause a tear in the ligaments/muscles in back and cause ongoing pain?

Lumbar Puncture: This really depends on how many attempts were needed to do the tap. You may have some minor discomfort afterwards. - there really should not be major back pain at all. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture cause any long term problems? (had it 6 mos ago) Can it affect the brain or introduce new germs etc. To brain/body?

Not enough info: There are risks with lumbar punctures but if you were fine after the procedure and just now something is wrong it seems unlikely that it's due to the LP. Right after LPs it's common to have headaches and yes you can get an infection during the procedure but again being 6 mos out it seems unlikely to have complications develop. If u have had ongoing probs then u need to see your MD ASAP. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture cause detrusor damage (underactive) to the bladder? Person in question has no history of bladder problems just came out of hospital with bladder problem, catheterized for life!

Can a lumbar puncture cause detrusor damage (underactive) to the bladder? Person in question has no history of bladder problems just came out of hospital with bladder problem, catheterized for life!

Unlikely butpossible: Although the risks of a lumbar puncture are very small they exist nevertheless. This includes possible permanent nerve injury including the rare potential for paralysis particularly in individuals with undetected coagulopathy. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture be the cause of lumbosacral plexopathy if it was not done properly?

Can a lumbar puncture be the cause of lumbosacral plexopathy if it was not done properly?

Usually inflammation: I have had a number of individuals develop lumbosacral plexopathy symptoms throughout the years, I have put them all on a course of steroids and they all improved. I don't think it's traumatic, I think it's inflammatory, perhaps due to some blood in the region irritating the nerve trunk, roots and plexi. ...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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I read lumbar puncture shouldn't cause ongoing pain after. If this is case, what is best guess of why I have it, if I never had pain before procedure?

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture or spinal tap is usually performed to rule out meningitis, which is a life threatening infection of the spinal fluid. The most common complication following the procedure is local pain or headache that usually subside in few days. ...Read more

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Pain for past year after lumbar puncture, also tingling in pelvic area. Dr ordered more mri's, could procedure have caused perm damage to back?

Pain for past year after lumbar puncture, also tingling in pelvic area. Dr ordered more mri's, could procedure have caused perm damage to back?

Not that likely: It is unusual, but not impossible, for a lumbar puncture to cause pain one year later. The question really is what is causing the symptoms? Sometimes it is hard to find out or be sure. MRI is good at finding trouble with anatomy, but sometimes anatomy is not the cause of the problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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White spots on mri, lumbar puncture negative no ms. Still have weak shaky episodes that come and go. Neuro suggested pots, can it cause these symptoms?

White spots on mri, lumbar puncture negative no ms. Still have weak shaky episodes that come and go. Neuro suggested pots, can it cause these symptoms?

Nonspecific: Your MRI lesions are possibly related to migraine, smoking, prior head injuries, and many other relatively benign events. If there is consideration for a vascular process causing your symptoms, get your internist involved, and perhaps even see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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I frequently can see black spots in my eyes that pulsate like my heartbeat. What may cause this? Lumbar puncture pressure of 30

I frequently can see black spots in my eyes that pulsate like my heartbeat. What may cause this? Lumbar puncture pressure of 30

Full eye exam/MRI: Many things can cause this. Typically black spots are "floaters" or problems with the vitreous fluid in your eye. However, pulsating can be a problem with the optic nerve and vasculature of your eye. Given your LP "pressure of 30" you need a pupil exam, a full exam of your retina and optic nerve, and likely visual field testing with OCT testing of your optic nerves, CT/MRI scan brain ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture that caused explosive pain in the thigh cause nerve damage and muscle weakness in the same area? Is that damage permanent?

Can a lumbar puncture that caused explosive pain in the thigh cause nerve damage and muscle weakness in the same area? Is that damage permanent?

Could: Whether there is damage (let alone whether it is permanent) can be best determined by a good neurologic exam and may require an emg. ...Read more

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Had MRI after lumbar puncture due to pain. No leak/hematoma. Bulging disc, tears, cysts. No pain/symptoms before puncture, did it cause/irritate this?

Had MRI after lumbar puncture due to pain. No leak/hematoma. Bulging disc, tears, cysts. No pain/symptoms before puncture, did it cause/irritate this?

Probably: The epidural needle goes through an area that is sensitive and can irritate the nerves in your spinal cord as well. Should resolve. ...Read more

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1 week ago I was hospitalised with viral meningitis this was diagnosed with a lumbar puncture. A ct showed minimal sinus disease. Is that the cause?

1 week ago I was hospitalised with viral meningitis this was diagnosed with a lumbar puncture. A ct showed minimal sinus disease. Is that the cause?

Separate issue: Viral meningitis generally originate from germs (virus) that enters through your digestive tract. Once in the blood they go where they choose, which for you was the meninges. The sinus irritation is a separate issue & could be as simple as allergies or some other problem. ...Read more

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My daughter has been diagnosed with inflammation of the brain membrane through a CT scan but the lumbar puncture came back clear. What could cause thi?

My daughter has been diagnosed with inflammation of the brain membrane through a CT scan but the lumbar puncture came back clear. What could cause thi?

Encephalitis: Sometimes the CSF studies are normal with inflammatory brain infection. This can be called encephalitis. There are other diseases such as ADEM that can present with normal CSF and again abnormal imaging. I hope she fella better soon. ...Read more

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Can 2 MRI tests/lumbar puncture last year cause hair loss now? Tests neg, health ok now. Can radiation from the tests be reason for delayed hair loss?

Can 2 MRI tests/lumbar puncture last year cause hair loss now? Tests neg, health ok now. Can radiation from the tests be reason for delayed hair loss?

No: Haven't heard of MRI scans or of lumbar punctures causing hair loss. However, normal healthy people usually don't get MRI scans nor lumbar punctures. That means there must be some other medical problem (s) going on. Perhaps the hair loss is related to other medical issues. ...Read more

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Is lower back and tailbone pain caused by my hypothyroidism?

Is lower back and tailbone pain caused by my hypothyroidism?

Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back and tailbone pain?

What can cause lower back and tailbone pain?

Back pain: Lower back and tailbone pain may be caused by injury, inflammation, arthritis, tumors, or muscle pains. ...Read more

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Coccydynia since 3 years want to do body building, have lower back pain and coccyx tender, male 20.So if I do weight lifting then will it cause damage?

Coccydynia since 3 years want to do body building, have lower back pain and coccyx tender, male 20.So if I do weight lifting then will it cause damage?

U may not make it-: -worse but the pain May inhibit U 2 attain Ur goals. U R young so U should try all conservative measures such as a pillow, NSAIDS if able 2 take them, also a pain clinic can offer injections. If nothing helps if it is really a problem U can't tolerate, U could seek a surgical opinion. Excision can B considered, so seek an orthopedic surgeon who is quite familiar with this proc. Done 20 good/happy. ...Read more

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What should normal inter crainal pressure be during my last lumbar puncture my beginning pressure was 38 I was just wondering I also ha e iih?

What should normal inter crainal pressure be during my last lumbar puncture my beginning pressure was 38 I was just wondering I also ha e iih?

Positional: In the side-lying position intracranial pressure as measured during lumbar puncture should be between 100 and 150 cm of water pressure. If pressure is measured while sitting upright, pressure level in fluid column should extend to base of skull (foramen magnum) but numerically will exceed 150. The rest of your question is unclear. Are you asking about a post-spinal headache? ...Read more

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What is a lumbar puncture?

Diagnostic test: A lumbar puncture is a test where a needle is inserted into the spinal canal to draw out a small amount of cerebral spinal fluid for diagnostic testing purposes, such as diagnosing meningitis. ...Read more

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How is lumbar puncture performed?

Carefully :): Lp is typically performed in the office. You will lie on your side curled up into a tight ball. After sterilizing the area, local anesthetic is injected into the skin at the small of the back, and then a spinal needle is advanced between the vertebrae into the spinal canal. Once in the canal, the fluid pressure is measured and fluid is removed for analysis. Total time is typically 20 mins. ...Read more

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How risky is the lumbar puncture?

LP: Lumbar puncture these days is done for diagnostic as well as anesthetic purposes. The needles used now are pencil point and the anesthetic agents injected are preservative free. So in experienced hands, there is no danger. However, if done above the level of L2, it has a potential of damaging the spinal cord. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I had lumbar puncture?

Lumbar puncture: The advice is mostly based on why the procedure was done. The key advice is to discuss with the physician why the procedure was done, were there any unusual results for findings and do you need any further treatment for the reason the puncture was done. ...Read more

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I would like to know what is lumbar puncture?

Spinal tap: Needle inserted into lower back area into spinal canal to obtain spinal fluid for testing. Can evaluate possible infection, multiple sclerosis, various other diseases of brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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What are the affects of getting a lumbar puncture?

Headache: It is common to experience a headache after an lp. Otherwise the effects are fairly minimal. The headache can be pretty bad, but they are very treatable. ...Read more

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What happens if a lumbar puncture is done too high?

May hit cord: Doing an LP too high up in the back risks hitting the spinal cord, which can damage the cord. It is best to do an LP below the level where the actual spinal cord ends since the needle is designed to slide by nerve roots. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Tailbone Pain (Definition)

Coccydynia or tailbone pain is usually an injury to the bottom most vertebrae beneath your sacrum. When you sit you impact on this vertebrae which means if is injured ...Read more


Dr. Patricia Foster
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Lumbar (Definition)

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