About Lumbar Puncture (Procedures)
A lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, is a diagnostic and at times therapeutic procedure that is performed in order to collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid for analysis, or occasionally as a treatment to relieve increased intracranial pressure.
Learn more about Lumbar Puncture in our Lumbar Puncture Community Report.
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May 25, 2005
EffectivenessMajor (for Other)
Side effectsSevere (very bruised, sore and stiff for a week after, spasms in back)
BurdenVery hard to take