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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a lumbar puncture?

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Dr. Julian Bragg
Neurology
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In brief: Depends on question

Possibly, depending on why the LP is being done.
Some tests require comparing the concentration of chemicals in the blood to that in the csf. Also, sometimes people need to make sure their blood is clotting properly before doing the lp, so as to reduce the risk of bleeding.

In brief: Depends on question

Possibly, depending on why the LP is being done.
Some tests require comparing the concentration of chemicals in the blood to that in the csf. Also, sometimes people need to make sure their blood is clotting properly before doing the lp, so as to reduce the risk of bleeding.
Dr. Julian Bragg
Dr. Julian Bragg
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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes

Blood tests to make sure your blood clots normally are needed before a lumbar puncture.

In brief: Yes

Blood tests to make sure your blood clots normally are needed before a lumbar puncture.
Dr. Martin Linder
Dr. Martin Linder
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