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Is a lumbar puncture to test for encephalitis safe?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
A person with symptoms of encephalitis (inflammation, swelling in the brain) or meningitis (inflammation, infection of the fluid and membranes covering the brain & spinal cord) has a serious illness that can cause permanent brain damage or death.
A lumbar puncture is safe because it is not a risky test, and because the bad effects of the diseases are so much worse than the little risks of an l.P..

In brief: Yes
A person with symptoms of encephalitis (inflammation, swelling in the brain) or meningitis (inflammation, infection of the fluid and membranes covering the brain & spinal cord) has a serious illness that can cause permanent brain damage or death.
A lumbar puncture is safe because it is not a risky test, and because the bad effects of the diseases are so much worse than the little risks of an l.P..
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Yes
Of course it needs to be done with absolute sterility by a competent physician but is essential to obtain a diagnosis to guide proper treatment.

In brief: Yes
Of course it needs to be done with absolute sterility by a competent physician but is essential to obtain a diagnosis to guide proper treatment.
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
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