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What happens if a lumbar puncture is done too high?
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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anthony Mosley
Dr. Anthony Mosley
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Higher risk injury
Lp s are done in the lumbar region because the spinal cord tapers and there is less likelihood of hitting it.
Furthermore it is a better place to collect the spinal fluid.

In brief: Higher risk injury
Lp s are done in the lumbar region because the spinal cord tapers and there is less likelihood of hitting it.
Furthermore it is a better place to collect the spinal fluid.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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