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How often to people contract meningitis after a lumbar puncture? Is it true doctors should wear a face mask when performing LP? Mine didn't.

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Extremely rare

Meningitis after lumbar puncture is extremely rare.
Doctors wear masks to protect themselves in case spinal fluid spurts out. they also wear masks to keep the field as bacteria free as possible.

In brief: Extremely rare

Meningitis after lumbar puncture is extremely rare.
Doctors wear masks to protect themselves in case spinal fluid spurts out. they also wear masks to keep the field as bacteria free as possible.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine

In brief: Yes

Most hospitals have a policy that a face mask should be worn by anyone in the room where the lumbar puncture is done.
There is a risk of getting meningitis from an LP but it is very low. The benefits should always out way the risks. A lumbar puncture is the only way to diagnose meningitis. All the best.

In brief: Yes

Most hospitals have a policy that a face mask should be worn by anyone in the room where the lumbar puncture is done.
There is a risk of getting meningitis from an LP but it is very low. The benefits should always out way the risks. A lumbar puncture is the only way to diagnose meningitis. All the best.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Dr. Katharine Cox
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