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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

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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My wife had a spinal tap procedure done now she has electric shocks running down her legs and throughout her body what should we do?

My wife had a spinal tap procedure done now she has electric shocks running down her legs and throughout her body what should we do?

Spinal tap: Not uncommon to get some back pain following lumbar puncture. Tingling a bit less common and should be discussed with her doctor. If there is any weakness or changes in bladder ot bowel function this wiuld need more urgent attention to look for hematoma at site of procedure. ...Read more

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Would the two procedures spinal tap and bone marrow be done at the same time?

Would the two procedures spinal tap and bone marrow be done at the same time?

Generally not: however I cannot think of a reason that it couldn't be done in one session! (Not "simultaneously" but one following the other! hope this helps Dr Z ...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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How can I lower heart pulse rate after weeks of spinal tap procedure?

How can I lower heart pulse rate after weeks of spinal tap procedure?

Lumbar puncture: The heart rate and the spinal tap procedure are unrelated. If you have a rapid heart rate then meditation, relaxation techniques, and biofeedback can help. Cardiovascular exercise also helps to lower heart rate. See your medical doctor to evaluate the heart rate. In addition, your medical doctor should provide you with the results of your cerebrospinal fluid studies from the lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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Having a spinal tap and I'm pretty scared and have high anxiety. I take Temazapam15mg for sleep. Can I take Valium with Temazepam before the procedure?

Having a spinal tap and I'm pretty scared and have high anxiety. I take Temazapam15mg for sleep. Can I take Valium with Temazepam before the procedure?

Buck up, jazZ: Spinal tap is the most minor of minor procedures. Nothing to be scared of. Valium is a brand name of the generic drug diazepam. Sound similar to temazepam? That's because both are benzodiazepines. You'd be taking 2 benzodiazepines & risking oversedation & respiratory depression. Knowledge is power. Arm yourself, i.e., do your homework: empowering knowledge is out there. ...Read more

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If damaged during spinal tap procedure will/can my body heal itself .symtoms tightness, abdomen and back. pelvic to.chest?

If damaged during spinal tap procedure will/can my body heal itself .symtoms tightness, abdomen and back. pelvic to.chest?

Symptoms not from LP: It's not likely that the symptoms you have are from a spinal tap(Lumbar Puncture).. Serious complications are rare. Patients on anticoagulants can get bleeding and a Spinal Hematoma which can cause weakness or paralysis in the lower extremities. ...Read more

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Got to have a spinal tap to check levels of pressure but have a huge needle phobia and panic when around them. Is it possible to be sedated or under general anaesthetic during the procedure?

Got to have a spinal tap to check levels of pressure but have a huge needle phobia and panic when around them. Is it possible to be sedated or under general anaesthetic during the procedure?

Tough one..: although it would be possible in theory, to conduct general anesthesia or sedation safely one often needs an intravenous line, i.e. more needle sticks.. Spending time with your doctor and discussing possible use of oral anti-anxiety medicine might be helpful.. Good luck ...Read more

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