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Should lumbar puncture be performed on my infant?
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics
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In brief: It depends
A lumbar puncture (LP) or spinal tap is a method for obtaining a sample of cerebral spinal fluid (csf).
CSF is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. An LP is usually done a part of a 'septic workup', in order to see if an ill person has meningitis. If your infant does have meningitis, it is important to know what is causing the infection and how best to treat that infection.

In brief: It depends
A lumbar puncture (LP) or spinal tap is a method for obtaining a sample of cerebral spinal fluid (csf).
CSF is the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. An LP is usually done a part of a 'septic workup', in order to see if an ill person has meningitis. If your infant does have meningitis, it is important to know what is causing the infection and how best to treat that infection.
Dr. Mark Patterson
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2 comments
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
If a physician has good reasons to perform it-go with it!
Dr. Yash Khanna
Yes lumbar puncture can be perform on an infant for septic work up and rule out mengitis if indicated.
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ask your doctor
Only your infant's doctor can determine this.
If your doctor needs to diagnose an infection in your infant and has recommended a lumbar puncture, you should follow their advice.

In brief: Ask your doctor
Only your infant's doctor can determine this.
If your doctor needs to diagnose an infection in your infant and has recommended a lumbar puncture, you should follow their advice.
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