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Lumbar Puncture is a procedure in which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the lumbar area is collected for analysis.
Lumbar Puncture is also called Spinal Tap. It is usually done for diagnostic purposes but sometimes also for therapeutic purposes. Diagnosis of disorders of nervous system, or cancer of brain or spinal cord can be detected using this procedure.
This procedure is suggested for
Your doctor will recommend
The procedure lasts up to 40 to 60 minutes. During the procedure,
There will be some pain and tenderness in the lower back after the procedure. Pain killers will be prescribed for the pain.
The cerebrospinal fluid that is collected is analyzed for texture, white blood cell count, glucose level, protein concentration and cancerous cells. Cultures of CSF samples are done when infections are suspected.
Although rare, there may be some side effects of spinal tap. Commonly known are