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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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My lumbar puncture(spinal tap) pain in head 10x worse than before?

My lumbar puncture(spinal tap) pain in head 10x worse than before?

Please let your : Doctor know. 32% of people develop headaches after lumbar punctures. ...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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I had a lumbar puncture 2 days ago.. Pain in my head and neck is horrendous so much so i cannot sit upright for the pressure/pain what should I do?

I had a lumbar puncture 2 days ago..  Pain in my head and neck is horrendous so much so i cannot sit upright for the pressure/pain what should I do?

Spinal headache: This is a spinal headache. The small hole in the covering of the nerves and spinal cord that allowed the doctor to get the fluid is stil leaking. The headache is worse when you head is up and better when your are down. Try caffeine or have your doctor give you medicean that contains a barbiturate. If these fail you may need a blood patch. ...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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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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Whats a lumbar puncture likes?

Whats a lumbar puncture likes?

Bee sting: The worst part of the lumbar puncture is the bee sting when you get local anesthesia injected. After that you should just feel some pressure in your back and not too much pain. ...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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How can I prepare for a lumbar puncture?

Relax!: Simply said, your expectations and advice from others, regardless of how well they mean, can put a ton of stress and tension on you. A lumbar puncture is a fairly painless procedure. Staying as still as you can during and then laying down after are the two main things you should do. Otherwise, in experienced hands, the procedure is safe and fairly painless. ...Read more

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What will happen during a lumbar puncture?

Lumbar puncture (LP): Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) bathes brain & spinal cord (cns). CSF may be abnormal in some diseases. In an lp, you are either on your side or sitting. Md feels lower back for interspace between 4th & 5th lumbar vertebrae, below end of cns. Lidocaine is injected. 3” hollow needle is inserted thru interspace & into sac holding CNS & csf. Md collects CSF (usually ~1 tsp) into 3-4 tubes. CSF sent to lab. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had lumbar puncture?

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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Getting a lumbar puncture, how serious is this?

Low risk if experien: Lumbar punctures are extremely common procedures and when performed by an experienced individual have a very low risk of complications and the benefits generally far outweigh the risks. Nevertheless, there are serious potential complications. ...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

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What does a lumbar puncture actually help to prove?

What does a lumbar puncture actually help to prove?

Spinal fluid answers: The question: does the patient have intracranial bleeding? (presence red cells or xanthochromia) or infection present? (presence of white cells, bacteria, viral culture/antigens) or multiple sclerosis (presence of abnormal proteins). Also a l.P. (lumbar puncture) may show a high opening pressure which is a sign of pseudo-tumor (cause of chronic headaches). L.P. 's are safer now done under xray. ...Read more

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What is the main reasons for needing a lumbar puncture?

Depends: See my recent answer. Ruling out infection, bleeding, ms, and to check pressure are the commonest reasons. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lumbar puncture?

Obtain spinal fluid: 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 and perhaps diagnostic confirmation. ...Read more

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Should a lumbar puncture be done in a fused area of the back?

More difficult: The fused area sometimes does not have as clear an anatomy ...... It will be harder to get the needle where it needs to go. If there is quite a lot of bone overlying the area, i will not be able to get him the pca. ...Read more

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Dr. John Goldman
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Lumbar (Definition)

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