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What will happen during a lumbar puncture?

What will happen during a lumbar puncture?

Lumbar puncture (LP): Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) bathes brain & spinal cord (cns). CSF may be abnormal in some diseases. In an lp, you are either on your side or sitting. Md feels lower back for interspace between 4th & 5th lumbar vertebrae, below end of cns. Lidocaine is injected. 3” hollow needle is inserted thru interspace & into sac holding CNS & csf. Md collects CSF (usually ~1 tsp) into 3-4 tubes. CSF sent to lab. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal during a lumbar puncture to feel a zap or jolt down one leg or on one side as they are moving the needle inside?

Is it normal during a lumbar puncture to feel a zap or jolt down one leg or on one side as they are moving the needle inside?

"Normal"?: Having an LP isn't "normal;" it's done to rule in or out an ABnormality. Do the symptoms you report occasionally happen during an LP? Yes. The needle may brush past and stimulate a nerve root. You feel the sensation in the body part from which the nerve root transmits sensory input to the brain. I suppose rarely the needle injures the root but I've never had that happen. ...Read more

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8 days ago I had a lumbar puncture and during the procedure I had a hot burning pain in the lateral thigh that radiated downward. Still on going?

8 days ago I had a lumbar puncture and during the procedure I had a hot burning pain in the lateral thigh that radiated downward. Still on going?

Lumbar puncture pain: A pain (usually sharp) that radiates down the legs is suggestive of a nerve pain. I suggest you go back and discuss this issue with the health care provider who performed the lumbar puncture to make sure that these symptoms are not related to the procedure and that they need to be addressed. ...Read more

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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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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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What should normal inter crainal pressure be during my last lumbar puncture my beginning pressure was 38 i was just wondering i also ha e iih?

What should normal inter crainal pressure be during my last lumbar puncture my beginning pressure was 38 i was just wondering i also ha e iih?

Positional: In the side-lying position intracranial pressure as measured during lumbar puncture should be between 100 and 150 cm of water pressure. If pressure is measured while sitting upright, pressure level in fluid column should extend to base of skull (foramen magnum) but numerically will exceed 150. The rest of your question is unclear. Are you asking about a post-spinal headache? ...Read more

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What number of drops of cerebrospinal fluid is collected during lumbar puncture?

Not Drops: When collecting fluid during a lumbar puncture, we don't exactly count drops of fluid. Rather, we count CCs (cubic centimenters). Typically there are 4 tubes. We collect only 1-2 cc in the first and 2-6 in the rest. The amount collected depends on the purpose of the lumbar puncture. Decreasing fluid pressure, having enough fluid for many lab tests are 2 reasons to draw off larger amounts. ...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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Just diagnosed with ms. Being admitted today. What is going to happen? I feel horrible . It's two days later . Just had a lumbar puncture to confirm

Just diagnosed with ms. Being admitted today. What is going to happen? I feel horrible . It's two days later . Just had a lumbar puncture to confirm

Med.to feel better: In hospital you will likely receive intravenous medication to bring your disorder under control and then you will be started on a medication you can take either as a pill or shot or both to keep your disorder from worsening and to make you feel better. You may get physical and occupational therapy to help you with strengthening. In hospital your doctors can closely monitor your progress. ...Read more

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Getting a lumbar puncture, how serious is this?

Getting a lumbar puncture, how serious is this?

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 more

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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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