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Sedation For Lumbar Puncture In Adults
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
A lumbar puncture for a toddler sounds scary. Aren't there new technologies to diagnose meningitis using other methods?
Essential for diagno: lumbar puncture is essential as it provides access to the spinal fluid for culture and a variety of tests that enable doctors to make an appropriate diagnosis. considering how many women have spinal anesthesia for delivery, you should not consider LP to be scary. It is generally a safe and quick procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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