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How much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during lumbar puncture ?

How much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during lumbar puncture ?

3-5 cc: Usually routine analysis necessitates between 3 to 5 cc. This is about half a teaspoon to one teaspoon. Some conditions necessitate removing 2 teaspoons and in rare conditions such as hydrocephalus, 20-30 cc may be removed. ...Read more

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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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After microdiscectomy will a spinal tap affect back?

After microdiscectomy will a spinal tap affect back?

Likely Not: A lumbar microdiscectomy removes a portion of the herniated disc, a spinal tap removes fluid from csf. Unless your surgery was done recently, having a spinal tap done after a discectomy should not be a problem. ...Read more

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About how much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during a diagnostic lumbar puncture ?

About how much cerebro spinal fluid is removed during a diagnostic lumbar puncture ?

Small amount: Typically 1 to 2 tablespoons. If fluid needs to be sent for cytology - looking for abnormal cells, then more fluid is needed. You produce the fluid continuously and whatever fluid is taken out is rapidly replaced. ...Read more

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Pain down the spinal cord after having a lumbar puncture?

LP complications: When spinal tap is done, if difficult, you might have local external bruising, swelling, and tenderness. Rarely, a local infection could occur. Typically, the usual reactions dissipate within a day or two. If symptoms are worsening, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Can ears drain spinal fluid?

Yes: A base-of-the-skull fracture can infamously cause a runny ear. That it is spinal fluid can be confirmed by any clever physician who thinks to test it for glucose. ...Read more

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What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?

What location would you puncture spinal cord to draw cerebrospinal fluid if brain has an infection?

Not the spinal cord: Lumbar puncture is done below the spinal cord itself, usually between 3rd and 4th or 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spinal cord ends at about first lumbar vertebra but the membranes containing cerebrospinal fluid extend below that. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lumbar-puncture/my00982. ...Read more

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Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic from csection cause tarlov cysts? Also where do they put needle for spinal?

Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic from csection cause tarlov cysts? Also where do they put needle for spinal?

Tarlov cysts: Tarlov cysts are not known to be triggered by a dural puncture. For a spinal "tap" the needle is inserted at the level of l4-5 for surgical spinal anesthesia. It may be inserted higher for a myelogram (injecting the "x-ray dye" into the spinal fluid it may be inserted at higher levels. After about L2 level there is no spinal cord inside the spine - just the nerve roots so any approach higher than. ...Read more

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Can a CSF leak reoccur 2 years after spinal headache during csection?

Can a CSF leak reoccur 2 years after spinal headache during csection?

CSF leak: If a CSF leak is going to occur it is usually within weeks to months, if you are 2 years out while there might still be a risk it would be very low. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a spinal tap for CSF fluid? Does the spine miss it?

How dangerous is a spinal tap for CSF fluid? Does the spine miss it?

Not very dangerous : Performed very safely. At times it's performed with the aid of an imaging machine, but ordinarily in a treatment room. The spinal nerves are missed. Ocassionally a person may experience discomfort, paresthesias, nausea and a post spinal tap headache. ...Read more

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Could a person really leak brain and/or spinal fluid?

Yes: Leaks from the nose or ear are fairly common after head trauma or surgical mishaps. They are often missed until a clever physician tests the fluid for glucose using a reagent test strip. Spinal fluid leaks after a lumbar puncture are troublesome. ...Read more

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Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?

Mri test shows loss of spinal height & signal spinal stenosis narrowing of spinal canal diffused disc bluge in contact with thecal sac neural formina narrowed bilatery what treatment do you recommend?

See a spine surgeon,: Who depending on your symptoms and response to the medication, will have you go through a course of epidural shots (steroids) or might advise to enlarge the narrowed (stenosis) canal, to take pressure off the cord or the nerves. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does spinal tap hurt?

Does spinal tap hurt?

Spinal tap: While some people notice a brief pinch and some discomfort, most people don't find a spinal tap to be painful. ...Read more

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Can severe spinal stenosis cut off your spinal colum?

Can severe spinal stenosis cut off your spinal colum?

Spinal stenosis: severe spinal stenosis can cause pain, sciatica symptoms. I don't think it can cut off your spinal column or block the spinal fluid that causes severe headaches. ...Read more

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What is a spinal tap / lumbar puncture like?

Not bad: A small needle prick in the small of the back then some pressure and that is about it. ...Read more

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How long can a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Days: Varies, but often can take a few days to completely go away. If the headaches are increasing or accompanied by other symptoms (stiffness, fever, neck pain, etc) you should see the physician that did the spinal sampling. It takes a bit of time to restore the volume of fluid drawn during that time headache (alone) are not uncommon. ...Read more

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My MRI says "spinal cord contact". Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis? Thank you.

My MRI says "spinal cord contact".  Does it cause pain if an osteophyte or a disc touches the spinal cord with mild spinal canal stenosis?  Thank you.

Depends: An osteophyte touching the spine shouldn't cause pain. What we worry about is when an osteophyte or protruding disk actually compresses the spinal cord/canal which should be seen on the MRI. ...Read more

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How much time does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

How much time does a lumbar puncture/ spinal tap headache last?

Post LP Headache: Post lumbar puncture/spinal tap headaches last until the tiny hole in the dura seals. This can be years but is usually a day or 3. Typically, the cure is to lay flat for 24 hours to keep the pressure low and allow the tiny hole in the dura to heal which it almost always does. Lots of caffeine is helpful too. You may want to call your dr and ask about a blood patch. ...Read more

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Had an MRI and dont understand results. "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Had an MRI and dont understand results.  "large posterior disk extrusion contacting the anterior spinal cord and causing severe spinal canal stenosis.

Spinal Stenosis: Did a doctor explain to you the results or did you just obtain a copy? In general you have a protruding disc (not sure if neck or back) that is impinging on the spinal canal and resulting in narrowing of the canal. I would imagine you are having pain, weakness, numbness? ...Read more

Csf (Definition)

Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear colorless fluid produced in the choroid plexus in the brain, and acts as a cushion or a buffer for the ...Read more