What is Lumbar Puncture?

Category: Procedures

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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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diagnostic assessment 113 29
Increase effect of another treatment 63 11
Multiple sclerosis 33 6
Stiffness/spasticity 8 10
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 6 1
Idiopathic intracranial hypertension 4 2

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 24
Moderate 19
Mild 12
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lumbar Puncture

Side effect Patients
Migraine headaches 13
Headaches 9
Back pain 7
Spinal tap headaches 5
Neck ache 3
Pain 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently having Lumbar Puncture

Dosage Patients
one time 21
as needed 1
yearly 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 48
Usually 5
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 22
Not specified 38
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13 patient evaluations for Lumbar Puncture

Mar 12, 2010 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: got a headache
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

Jan 15, 2010 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: get when needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

Dec 12, 2009 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Get when needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

Nov 13, 2009 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: get if needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

Oct 12, 2009 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: get as needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

Sep 17, 2009 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: get as needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

Aug 21, 2009 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: get when needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

Jun 26, 2009 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (migraine headaches)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: get as needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

May 12, 2009 (Started Nov 15, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (migraine headaches)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: have someone drive you.drink lots of fluids. lay down after for a while
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: spinal tap headaches, migraine headaches, back pain

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Oct 22, 2009 (Started Jul 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (back pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: Hurt like all get out, but it was my choice to do this without sedation and it only lasts a few minutes. I had a great doctor doing the procedure.
Side effects: back pain

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Jun 17, 2009 (Started May 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Diagnostic assessment)
  • Side effects
    Mild (back pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: It requires a full day of not getting up, which sucks!
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: back pain

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