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What is a lumbar puncture?

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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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


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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

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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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Can a lumbar puncture paralyze me?

Can a lumbar puncture paralyze me?

Rarely: I have seen this happen twice in the span of my medical career, both instances in which the performing physician was not aware of the patients' use of blood thinners. Hematomas formed and extended upward from the "safe" levels of lumbar puncture up to the spinal cord. ...Read more

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Would heat help after a lumbar puncture?

Take it easy: Take it easy, drink plenty of fluid and try to do some walking. Any discomfort should resolve in a day or two. Good luck. ...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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