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Lumbar Puncture
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Lumbar Puncture Usage

Written by FoundHealth.

Reasons for Procedure

A lumbar puncture may be done when the following conditions are suspected:

  • Brain infection, or infection of the layers around the brain
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Any disorder affecting the nervous system
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Bleeding in the brain or spinal cord
  • Excess CSF in the brain

The procedure may also be done to:

  • Administer dye for imaging studies
  • Drain CSF to lower pressure within the brain
  • Administer medicines (eg, chemotherapy , antibiotics, anesthesia )


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