Asked by: Yaisa Mansanet
asked in category: General Last Updated: 28th February, 2020

What is a lumbar puncture used for?

A lumbar puncture can help diagnose serious infections, such as meningitis; other disorders of the central nervous system, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome and multiple sclerosis; or cancers of the brain or spinal cord.

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In this regard, how painful is a lumbar puncture?

Lumbar puncture. A lumbar puncture is where a thin needle is inserted between the bones in your lower spine. It shouldn't be painful, but you may have a headache and some back pain for a few days. It's carried out in hospital by a doctor or specialist nurse.

Beside above, what diseases can be diagnosed with a lumbar puncture? A lumbar puncture procedure may be helpful in diagnosing many diseases and disorders, including:

  • Meningitis.
  • Encephalitis.
  • Certain cancers involving the brain and spinal cord.
  • Bleeding in the area between the brain and the tissues that cover it (subarachnoid space)
  • Reye syndrome.
  • Myelitis.
  • Neurosyphilis.

Consequently, how long does it take to recover from a lumbar puncture?

About 20 to 30 minutes. There is an additional recovery period of about 30 minutes after the test, when you will remain at the clinic. Why is the Lumbar Puncture test performed?

What can I expect after a lumbar puncture?

A few hours or even days after the lumbar puncture, you may experience headaches, nausea, a fast heart rate, or low blood pressure. This is known as a "post-lumbar puncture headache." But these aftereffects usually go away on their own after about five days. The headaches typically get a lot better when you lie down.

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