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What happens if a lumbar puncture is done too high?

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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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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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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What do you recommend if I had a lumbar puncture done monday night, is this normal?

What do you recommend if I had a lumbar puncture done monday night, is this normal?

Lumbar puncture: I am not sure what recommendation that you are asking. After a lumbar puncture are you having pain or are you waiting for the results? Please rephrase the question. ...Read more

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How often is it safe for a lumbar puncture be done?

As often as needed: To diagnose or treat a patient illeness. ...Read more

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After spinal tap (lumbar puncture) done in january 2013, my back is still in a great amount of pain. What could this be?

Not the tap: It would be unusual for a spinal tap to cause lasting symptoms. Your pain may be related to the condition that warranted the spinal tap in the first place. ...Read more

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Can a lumbar puncture be the cause of lumbosacral plexopathy if it was not done properly?

Usually inflammation: I have had a number of individuals develop lumbosacral plexopathy symptoms throughout the years, I have put them all on a course of steroids and they all improved. I don't think it's traumatic, I think it's inflammatory, perhaps due to some blood in the region irritating the nerve trunk, roots and plexi. ...Read more

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Had lumbar puncture done yester now having some chest pain is this related or should I be concerned?

Had lumbar puncture done yester now having some chest pain is this related or should I be concerned?

Perhaps: Chest pain is not a common complaint after a myelogram unless you have chest wall soreness from being on the fluoroscopy table. If it persists or worsens, it would be wise to speak to your dr.. Good luck. ...Read more

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Exactly where in the vertebral column is a lumbar puncture generally done?

Exactly where in the vertebral column is a lumbar puncture generally done?

In the canal: A lumbar puncture is typically used to get cerebrospinal fluid from the spinal canal. It includes a needle inserted in the back between the spinous processes and lamina of the spine and then through the dura - which is the blood brain barrier around the nerves. Generally, the puncture is performed around the l4-5 levels. ...Read more

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Can they take out cfs from a VP shunts valve and measure the pressure to see how high it is instead of needing a lumbar puncture?

Tap: The safest and best route of having CSF removed in anyone, with/without shunt, is via lumbar puncture/spinal tap. An alternative route is a cervical tap, which is higher risk and more painful in general. In the right hands, an LP is minimally painful. I sometimes recommend a relaxing medication prior to having one & request the performing provider use sufficient numbing medication. ...Read more

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Does lumbar puncture go into muscle and/or near discs? One year later and still back pain that did not have before. Wonder if procedure was done right

Does lumbar puncture go into muscle and/or near discs? One year later and still back pain that did not have before. Wonder if procedure was done right

Unusual: The pain you are experiencing is not usually associated with a lumbar puncture. It is usually limited to a couple days to a week or so. A routine lumbar puncture should not damage muscle or a disc as the needle only penetrates the midline lumbar spine deep enough to obtain a small sample of the fluid. I suggest seeing your doctor, he or she can help pinpoint the cause of your pain. ...Read more

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I am getting a lumbar puncture done tomorrow, what can I expect? And why is a radiologist doing it instead of my neurologist?

Don't worry: A lumbar puncture is a common diagnostic test. In your case, it appears that the radiologist has been consulted to perform the study using fluoroscopy ( x-ray guidance ) which should allow it to go smoothly by visualizing the anatomy and guiding the placement of the needle. Check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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Today i had a lumbar puncture done but my back is absolutely hurting so much its incredible. The spinal fluid was clear by the way and the pressure was 19 but he said that was normal because of slight stress. But my back is hurting like crazy sinds the pu

Today i had a lumbar puncture done but my back is absolutely hurting so much its incredible. The spinal fluid was clear by the way and the pressure was 19 but he said that was normal because of slight stress. But my back is hurting like crazy sinds the pu

Sorry to hear that: Sometimes LP's can result in lower back pain. Your doctor should've prescribed something for your pain in case it developed. Also, you should drink plenty of fluids and be taking it easy from heavy exertional activities for a couple of days. It'll get better. But if it gets worse or something feels like it's swelling in the low back etc. you should contact the doctor right away. ...Read more

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I have had a migraine headache for the past two weeks. My neurologist has ordered a lumbar puncture. Why would he order it? How is it done?

I have had a migraine headache for the past two weeks. My neurologist has ordered a lumbar puncture.  Why would he order it? How is it done?

Analysis: Low yield on lumbar punctures, but he's looking to analyze your spinal fluid. 99% sure it will come back as normal. The analysis can indicate infection, cancer, other medical conditions. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for IIH papilledema? I am taking acetazolamide and have done lumbar puncture once but I'm terribly afraid of losing my eyesight.

VP shunt : If your eye sight is getting worse even on acetazilamide, then next step is VP shunt by neurosurgeon. Consult to your eye doctor regularly i. E. Twice a year for your eye sight exam and evaluation of papilledema. If your headache is not controlled on high dose acetazolamide, the next step is VP Shunt. Talk to your doctor about it. ...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