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Whats a lumbar puncture like and why should someone lie on his or her back afterwards?

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Dr. Steven Beer
Neurosurgery
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In brief: LP

A lumbar puncture is a procedure in which a physician will insert a needle into the spinal canal to collect spinal fluid.
After a hole is placed into the sac which contains the fluid, fluid can leak out which can result in headache or what is referred to as a spinal headache. Lying flat after the procedure reduces the likelihood of this happening which is why patients are told to lie flat after a lumbar puncture.

In brief: LP

A lumbar puncture is a procedure in which a physician will insert a needle into the spinal canal to collect spinal fluid.
After a hole is placed into the sac which contains the fluid, fluid can leak out which can result in headache or what is referred to as a spinal headache. Lying flat after the procedure reduces the likelihood of this happening which is why patients are told to lie flat after a lumbar puncture.
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