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What Is The Main Reasons For Needing A Lumbar Puncture
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
My 3 yrs old son had a lumbar puncture on friday, yesterday he started to feel a terrible headache, is zs normal? Wt is z reason, how long it wl last
Lumbar punctures: After a lumbar puncture it is not uncommon to have a headache. If the headache responds to common meds like tylenol or Ibuprofen i would not worry. Also if it lasts several days this may be due to a small leak around the puncture and can be remedied by the doctor who did the lumbar puncture. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Can 2 MRI tests/lumbar puncture last year cause hair loss now? Tests neg, health ok now. Can radiation from the tests be reason for delayed hair loss?
Headache: By far the most common side effect is a "post-lp headache." it can last for several days or even a week. The pain tends to get better when you're lying down, and caffeine sometimes helps as well. In severe cases, an epidural blood patch procedure is sometimes performed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Retrieval of fluid: A lumbar puncture is a diagnostic procedure in which a sample of the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord is retrieved for analysis. This is useful in the diagnosis of multiple diseases, including multiple sclerosis, meningitis, encephalitis, and some autoimmune diseases. In some diseases with elevated fluid pressure, such as pseudotumor cerebri, a lumbar puncture can also be therapeutic. ...Read more
3 OBands in CSF. Serum negative. 4 OBands positve for Mayo Clinic standards?Lumbar puncture was done 3 months after major symptoms.More damage needed?
Would both brain MRI and lumbar puncture be needed to diagnose ms? Have l side numbness, spasms around l chest, l leg spasms, t3/t4 lesion on cord foun
Possible MS: If you have a lesion in the spinal cord but not found in brain, the next approach would be to use spinal fluid, looking at possible oligoclonal bands and other immunological parameters. If negative, repeat brain MRI in 6 months. The sooner this can be confirmed, the sooner meds can start which will eventuate in control and protection. Would start vit d supplementation now, in any case. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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