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How is a spinal tap procedure done?

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Dr. Adesh Tandon
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In brief: Carefully

Generally, the patient is placed on their side, the area in the lumbar region is then sterily cleaned.
A local anesthetic is infused in the region of the planned procedure. Finally, a needle is introduced and advanced into the sub-arachnoid space till spinal fluid is encountered. Usually, an opening pressure is measured and spinal fluid is sent for analysis.

In brief: Carefully

Generally, the patient is placed on their side, the area in the lumbar region is then sterily cleaned.
A local anesthetic is infused in the region of the planned procedure. Finally, a needle is introduced and advanced into the sub-arachnoid space till spinal fluid is encountered. Usually, an opening pressure is measured and spinal fluid is sent for analysis.
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