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What is the main reasons for needing a lumbar puncture?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
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In brief: Depends

See my recent answer. Ruling out infection, bleeding, ms, and to check pressure are the commonest reasons.

In brief: Depends

See my recent answer. Ruling out infection, bleeding, ms, and to check pressure are the commonest reasons.
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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
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In brief: Multiple

There are many potential reasons, but the most common are to see if there is an infection around the spinal cord/brain, rule out certain brain bleeds, to look for markers of multiple sclerosis, and to check if then pressure is normal (eg hydrocephalus).

In brief: Multiple

There are many potential reasons, but the most common are to see if there is an infection around the spinal cord/brain, rule out certain brain bleeds, to look for markers of multiple sclerosis, and to check if then pressure is normal (eg hydrocephalus).
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