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Can a spinal tap or bacterial meningitis cause lumbar radiculopathy ?

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In brief: EXTREMELY RARE

Spinal tap is relatively complication-free other than occasional post LP headache, readily reversible with a blood patch.
Bacterial meningitis a life-threatening infection and does require emergency treatment, but usually is also reversable, and does not typically involve complications with nerve roots. However, if medication is administered intrathecally, arachnoiditis possible, may cause rad.

In brief: EXTREMELY RARE

Spinal tap is relatively complication-free other than occasional post LP headache, readily reversible with a blood patch.
Bacterial meningitis a life-threatening infection and does require emergency treatment, but usually is also reversable, and does not typically involve complications with nerve roots. However, if medication is administered intrathecally, arachnoiditis possible, may cause rad.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: No

Not strictly speaking can cause radiculitis but not radiculitis alone.

In brief: No

Not strictly speaking can cause radiculitis but not radiculitis alone.
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