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What are some circumstances in which an adult would need a spinal tap?

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Dr. Adesh Tandon
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In brief: Many Conditions

Lumbar punctures or "spinal taps, " can be utilized to assess intra-cranial pressure.
They can also be utilized in ruling out viral, fungal, or bacterial CNS infections. A lumbar puncture can also be utilized to rule out occult sub-arachnoid hemorrhage. CSF cytology is also utilized in many CNS malignancies. A lumbar puncture can also be used as a therapeutic procedure in cased of elevated icp.

In brief: Many Conditions

Lumbar punctures or "spinal taps, " can be utilized to assess intra-cranial pressure.
They can also be utilized in ruling out viral, fungal, or bacterial CNS infections. A lumbar puncture can also be utilized to rule out occult sub-arachnoid hemorrhage. CSF cytology is also utilized in many CNS malignancies. A lumbar puncture can also be used as a therapeutic procedure in cased of elevated icp.
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