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What are the complications of having a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to check for bacterial meningitis?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Many but rare

There are many potential side effects and some are serious but most are rare with the most common being a slight headache.
These should be discussed with the individual performing the tap but the benefits usually outweigh the risks.

In brief: Many but rare

There are many potential side effects and some are serious but most are rare with the most common being a slight headache.
These should be discussed with the individual performing the tap but the benefits usually outweigh the risks.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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In brief: Commonly:

A headache is a common side effect of a lumbar puncture.
One-third of people will develop a headache, usually within 24–48 hours of having the procedure. Otherwise, under proper technique, no major side effects.

In brief: Commonly:

A headache is a common side effect of a lumbar puncture.
One-third of people will develop a headache, usually within 24–48 hours of having the procedure. Otherwise, under proper technique, no major side effects.
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
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