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Can a lumbar puncture paralyze me?
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Dr. Atif Haque
Neurosurgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rarely
I have seen this happen twice in the span of my medical career, both instances in which the performing physician was not aware of the patients' use of blood thinners.
Hematomas formed and extended upward from the "safe" levels of lumbar puncture up to the spinal cord.

In brief: Rarely
I have seen this happen twice in the span of my medical career, both instances in which the performing physician was not aware of the patients' use of blood thinners.
Hematomas formed and extended upward from the "safe" levels of lumbar puncture up to the spinal cord.
Dr. Atif Haque
Dr. Atif Haque
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: LP
Nope!.

In brief: LP
Nope!.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possible but RARE
You would have to have a major complication which is exceedingly rare and possibly related to some other underlying disprder suvh as hemophilia.

In brief: Possible but RARE
You would have to have a major complication which is exceedingly rare and possibly related to some other underlying disprder suvh as hemophilia.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rare
All procedures carry a risk.
For that matter, driving your car is one of the riskiest things you do on a daily basis. Procedures, such as lumbar puncture, could cause bleeding or abscess formation, and could lead to paralysis. Usually there is a good reason to do it though.

In brief: Rare
All procedures carry a risk.
For that matter, driving your car is one of the riskiest things you do on a daily basis. Procedures, such as lumbar puncture, could cause bleeding or abscess formation, and could lead to paralysis. Usually there is a good reason to do it though.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: That
Would be like getting struck by lightening.
Also lp's are done below where nerves which could paralyze you run.

In brief: That
Would be like getting struck by lightening.
Also lp's are done below where nerves which could paralyze you run.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Dr. Barry Cohen
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Interesting
This is a rumor started in eastern big city ghetto environments by parents to keep their kids behaving.
If you are bad, "the doctors in white coats will stick a needle in your back and paralyze you". So far, haven't seen this outcome.

In brief: Interesting
This is a rumor started in eastern big city ghetto environments by parents to keep their kids behaving.
If you are bad, "the doctors in white coats will stick a needle in your back and paralyze you". So far, haven't seen this outcome.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The routine lumbar puncture is done below the level of the spinal cord.

In brief: No
The routine lumbar puncture is done below the level of the spinal cord.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
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