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Lumbar puncture

Lumbar puncture

Lumbar puncture: A lumbar puncture is a minor surgical procedure to place a needle into the subarachnoid space of the spinal column to obtain cerebrospinal fluid for laboratory analysis or to administer therapeutics (e.g. spinal anesthetic).

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Lumbar puncture

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Lumbar puncture:

Anesthetic Requirements for Lumbar puncture

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Lumbar puncture may include:

Procedure Complications: Lumbar puncture

Possible surgical complications of Lumbar puncture may include:

  • Tonsillar herniation (movement of cerebellar tonsils) due to increased intracranial pressure
  • Nerve root injury
  • Spinal headache
  • Arterial puncture

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Lumbar puncture

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The prognosis is excellent.

Lumbar puncture: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Lumbar puncture: One hour.

Descriptions of Lumbar puncture

Lumbar puncture: A procedure in which a needle is put into the lower part of the spinal column to collect cerebrospinal fluid or to give anticancer drugs intrathecally. Also called a spinal tap.
Source: National Institute of Health

Lumbar puncture: Tapping of the subarachnoid space in the lumbar region, usually between the third and fourth lumbar vertebrae.
Source: Diseases Database

Lumbar puncture : procedure where a needle is inserted into the spinal column between the lumbar vertebrae; preformed for both diagnostic and therapeutic reasons.
Source: CRISP

Lumbar puncture: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Lumbar puncture) include:

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