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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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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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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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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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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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